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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 three concerts a year including appearances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Frikki Walker (Artistic Director)
Frikki Walker is one of Scotland's busiest and most experienced Choral Conductors.
He has been Director of Music at St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow, since 1996, and under his leadership the choir has more than doubled in size, and now includes a section for young choristers aged 7-16. Frikki has recorded four CDs with the choir, and they have now featured on over 50 Radio and TV programmes including, Daily Service and Morning Worship on BBC Radio 4, Sunday Half-hour on Radio 2, and a wide variety of special programmes on BBC Radios 2, 4, Scotland and the World Service. St Mary's Cathedral Choir have also appeared many times on BBC Television's "Songs of Praise".
In addition to his duties at St Mary's, Frikki currently conducts RSCM Scottish Voices, which he co-founded, the Changed Voices of the RSNO Junior Chorus, and the Changed Voices of the National Youth Choir of Scotland Boys' Choir. He is also responsible for much of the Choral Programme at the High School of Glasgow, including conducting their acclaimed Chamber Choir who have made several radio and TV appearances, and who hold the title of the "BBC Songs of Praise Senior School Choir of the Year 2013".
Frikki has worked with many of Scotland's most prestigious choirs, including the RSNO Chorus, the RSNO Junior Chorus, RSNO Chorus Academy, the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, Edinburgh Royal Choral Union, the Glasgow Chamber Choir, and the Chapel Choir of the University of Glasgow as well as various choirs in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, for whom he is also a visiting examiner.
A keen Choral animateur, he has also run choral workshops for the RSNO Learning and Engagement department, and for Festivals and choirs throughout Scotland. Frikki is also in increasing demand as an adjudicator at Music Festivals. An accomplished Organist, Frikki has given recitals in parish churches, concert halls and Cathedrals, all over Britain and beyond, including such venues as the Caird Hall in Dundee, Brechin Cathedral, St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh, Chester Cathedral, Westminster Cathedral, and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, where he has played more than fifty recitals in the daily organ concerts' series there. He has also played in Salzburg, Holland, and in all the major churches in his home country, Iceland.
As a composer, he has written a huge range of choral music and many arrangements, some of which are published, and several of which have been broadcast on Radio and TV, and sung and played in schools, churches and cathedrals all over the world, and his "Camerata Carols" have twice featured in the RSNO Christmas Concerts.
Frikki is married with three children, and in his spare time, likes nothing better than spending time with them and his friends. He is also an avid fan of Science Fiction, especially Star Trek and Dr Who, is a life-long Lego enthusiast, and has an extensive collection of bookmarks.