Conductor

Vincent Wallace was launched on the musical world aged 9 as a chorister in St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Edinburgh. Following 6 years studying trombone at school, he studied singing with Eric von Ibler and piano and organ with the late Alan Tate. Early singing experiences with the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, Schola Cantorum of Edinburgh, Scottish Philharmonic Singers, Perth Opera and solo roles with Pocket Opera ultimately gave way to his interest in choral directing. He has worked with many Edinburgh choirs and was appointed MD for the BBC live networked broadcast of Christmas Day Service from his native Joppa in 1991, he was subsequently appointed Director of Music at St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral in 1992, a post that he held for 5 years, during which time the Cathedral Choir enjoyed tours and concerts, with the choir repertoire vastly enhanced. Whilst MD for the Edinburgh Singers he conducted a programme (including one of his own compositions) at the Heilig-Geist-Kirche, Munich. He was invited to conduct a highly successful run of Pirates of Penzance for Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group (EUSOG) in 2004 and returned in following years as Musical Director for Gondoliers (2005), Princess Ida (2006) and Mikado (2008). In 2011 Vincent was invited to conduct an acclaimed sing-through performance of Mikado in celebration of EUSOG’s 50 year anniversary. In addition to his work with EUSOG and St Andrew Camerata, Vincent was for some time choirmaster of the Vespers choir at St Patrick’s Parish Church and continues to be much in demand for choral projects. 


St Andrew Camerata was founded by Vincent Wallace whilst he was director of Music at St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Edinburgh. The inaugural concert was on 13 March 1994; although the idea for the choir dates back to his appointment in 1992.  The initial focus was to explore and perform the repertoire contained in the Cathedral Music Library. Since then the group has evolved and diversified, in the early years primarily broadcasting regularly for BBC Radio. In 2003 the St Andrew Camerata gave the premier performance of Psalm by Paul Rooney for ArtLink. In 2006 the choir gave the first of its Edinburgh Festival Fringe performances of Fauré’s Requiem. That first concert attracted a sell-out crowd, establishing a trend which has continued every year since. The choir continues to grow and attract young singers with an interesting and varied repertoire, and an enjoyable social scene. For their Christmas concert in 2011 the choir commissioned a new work from Edinburgh-based composer Lewis Forbes, "On the Nativity of Christ". In October 2013 the Camerata undertook its first ever foreign tour, visiting Rome, where the choir helped to mark the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter (FSSP) with a concert, followed by singing at Mass in St Peter's Basilica. In January 2014 the choir sang at the Chapel Royal at Falkland Palace, and in April 2016 gave two concerts in Belfast, at St Mary Magdalene Parish Church and at Clonard Monastery. In January 2017 they visited St Andrews, reprising the Rachmaninov All-Night Vigil to an enthusiastic audience. On Monday, 11 September 2017 the choir will broadcast the Radio 4 daily Service. A return visit to Rome is under discussion for October 2018.