Musical Director

Paul Keohone

From Kilmarnock, Paul studied at the Royal College of Music, London with the renowned Wagnerian baritone Norman Bailey CBE.  As a soloist he has sung with Scottish Opera, English National Opera, The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, La Scala Milan, Opera West Norway, Opera de Nancy & Theatre du Châtelet in France and many other festivals and opera houses besides.  He teaches singing at The High School of Glasgow, works as a vocal coach with the National Youth Choir of Scotland and runs 2 singing courses: Springsing in Glasgow and SingChatel in the French Alps.  He has recently worked as a vocal coach with the Belfast Philharmonic Junior Chorus and will teach at the world famous Eton Choral Course in 2013.

In a singing career spanning 20 years Paul was a finalist in the Mastersingers Wagner Competition and was nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award for his performance of Peter Maxwell Davies’ 8 Songs For a Mad King with Ensemble 10/10 in Liverpool.  He sang as baritone soloist on the Roberto Alagna CD ‘Bel Canto’ for EMI.  He has also recently recorded the role of the Wig Maker in Ariadne Auf Naxos with Sir Richard Armstrong for Chandos. Paul made his concert debut with The Northern Sinfonia at The Sage, Gateshead singing Maxwell Davies 8 Songs For a Mad King, and with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra singing the British premier of Mark Anthony Turnage’s When I Woke in Manchester.  He repeated his performance of Mark Anthony Turnage’s Torn Fields with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s Ensemble 10/10 at the RNCM and it was broadcast on Hear and Now on BBC Radio 3.  When I Woke was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in March 2007.  In 2008 Paul sang his St John Smiths Square recital debut singing a programme of songs by Ronald Stevenson and made his debut with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in 2009 singing Haydns Creation.  He recently sang Tale ‘O Tam in Dehli for the Commonwealth Games cultural exchange (Scottish Opera Education).  In 2011 he sang Scarpia in Bermuda, the Toreador in Hong Kong, and in fledgling company Opera Noise’s first production in Glasgow. In 2012 Paul travelled to Tianjin, China with Scottish Opera Education to teach and sing a recital and in 2013 he will travel to teach in Singapore.