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Calton Consort has established itself as one of Edinburgh's most prominent chamber choirs, performing a varied and challenging repertoire to high acclaim.

Performances are often a cappella and characterised by fresh and dynamic interpretations of works from a wide range of eras, with an emphasis on less frequently performed compositions.

Calton Consort was founded in 2001 by 12 friends, who were also singers, for a concert in aid of a church roof appeal. The choir now comprises around 30 singers and typically performs four concerts a year including appearances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Elspeth Orr (Artistic Director)

Elspeth Orr was born and brought up in Belfast where she received her musical training through the City of Belfast School of Music and the Methodist College. She graduated with a BMus (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh in 2002. Elspeth has sung with a number of Edinburgh-based choirs over the past few years including Edinburgh Camarata, Edinburgh Symphony Baroque and Sospiro Baroque. Her first conducting post was at St Michael and All Saints church where she was Musical Director for more than 5 years.

Elspeth has sung with Calton Consort for many years, and was appointed as their Assistant Director in 2011. She has conducted them in performances of Eastern European folksongs and 20th Century American repertoire. She recently directed the choir as part of the Edinburgh International Festival, in the Songlines project.

Elspeth is also Musical Director of the Hadley Court Singers in Haddington.

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