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Kirkcaldy brothers set for debut in new ‘posh boy band’

Scozzesi -  (Douglas is front row, first left and Christopher is back row, third left)

Scozzesi - (Douglas is front row, first left and Christopher is back row, third left)

 

Two Kirkcaldy brothers are preparing for their debut as part of Scotland’s newest all-male classical vocal group.

Douglas and Christopher Nairne have been chosen by Classical Musicians Scotland to be their baritones in the new group, Scozzesi, which is Italian for Scottish men.

The group will be holding its debut concert in the Winter Gardens on Glasgow Green later this month.

The brothers come from a highly active musical family and have been heavily involved in Fife Opera since they were very young.

Douglas (30), formed Opera Bohemia with Alistair Digges, who is a tenor with Scozzesi and new musical director with Fife Opera, back in 2010.

While 26-year-old Christopher has appeared in three of the company’s five productions, which have all been performed in Kirkcaldy in recent years.

Their older brother Ronald is also a baritone and works for English National Opera in London.

Both young men studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD)or Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) where Christopher won the Frank Spedding Lieder Prize.

While there, Douglas won a scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music.

Musical highlights have seen them both perform as soloists at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and Douglas has also in the past led the National Anthem at Scotland’s televised home games of the RBS Six Nations Rugby Tournament.

In addition to their extensive experience as concert soloists and on the oratorio platform, they have been involved as professional opera choristers.

Douglas said: “We’re both very excited to be part of Scozzesi and looking forward to it.

“It’ll be a great opportunity to sing some wonderful mixed repertoire and have a lot of fun at the same time.”

Christopher added: “We’re delighted to have been invited to take part by Classical Musicians Scotland.”

Scozzesi will sing a mixed repertoire of opera, operetta, songs from the shows, Scottish traditional songs in four part arrangements, with a lot of humour thrown in.

The collective of eight talented, classically trained singers and two dazzling pianists will normally perform as a quartet of singers plus pianist, but for the group’s debut performance in Glasgow on Thursday, September 25, all 10 members will take the stage for the occasion.

Joining Douglas and Christopher in Scozzesi are tenors Jonathan Cooke, Alistair Digges and Roger Paterson; baritones Tom Cunningham, and Brian McBride; and bass Ross McInroy. The accompanists are Ed Cohen and Geoffrey Tanti.

Find out more at www.classicalmusiciansscotland.com

 

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