Vincent Wallace


Vincent Wallace was the founder of St Andrew Camerata and remained its musical director until his untimely death in 2020. Vincent 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 The 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 The 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 continued to be much in demand for choral projects.