We were delighted to announce the appointment of Preston Orpheus Choir's new Musical Director in September 2015 - Elspeth Slorach.
Elspeth is a young conductor based in the North West of England.
She graduated from the University of Manchester in 2015 with a First Class degree in Music. In her time at the University, Elspeth was the Musical Director of the University’s Chamber Choir - Ad Solem and Assistant Conductor of the University Chorus and The Cosmo Singers.
Elspeth was an Orchestral Conductor for the Manchester University Music Society working with many ensembles including the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Wind and String Orchestras and Vaganza (a Contemporary Music Ensemble). In 2015, Elspeth was the Musical Director for the Society’s Opera - Handel’s Acis and Galatea. In the Summer of 2015, Elspeth directed Ad Solem and The Cosmo Singers on their tour of Slovenia and Croatia and conducted the Symphony Orchestra on their tour to Berlin.
On graduating, Elspeth took up post as Trainee Vocal Delivery Artist for Opera North's Education, Assistant Conductor for Opera North Children's Chorus and Youth Chorus as well as working in primary schools and with community choirs across the North.
Currently, Elspeth is the Musical Director of both Preston Orpheus Choir and Hallam Choral Society, Director of Music at St Peter's Church in Hale and Musical Director of Kantos Chamber Choir. Elspeth is also a conductor for the Halle's Corporate Choir Scheme and Assistant Director for the Halle's Youth Choir. Elspeth has worked with many other ensembles across the North including the Halle' Choir, Bolton Symphony Orchestra, Settle Orchestra, Lancashire Chamber Orchestra, Hallam Sinfonia and Manchester Chamber Choir. Most recently, she was the Musical Director for the inaugural year of Manchester Contemporary Youth Opera and in the Autumn of 2017, she has assisted Jonathan Heyward with the Halle' Youth Orchestra.
Elspeth began studying for a Master of Performance in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in September 2016 where she regularly conducts masterclasses and is Assistant Conductor for their Chamber Choir.