Karen Cargill

Patron of NYCoS National Girls Choir

NYCoS is delighted that Karen Cargill is the Patron of NYCoS National Girls Choir. Karen is a world famous singer and we are proud that she is lending her support in this way. Speaking about the role, Karen said:

It is a tremendous honour to be asked to be Patron of NYCoS National Girls Choir, especially after hearing their wonderful performance at the BBC Proms in the Park at Glasgow Green. They are a fantastic group of girls already performing to such a high standard.

“The level of training, both musical and vocal is extremely high, provided by a devoted team of teachers, coaches, and of course, the wonderful Christopher Bell. Choral singing is a wonderful musical education, and it can be great fun making music with your friends. I can't wait to make music with them!”

Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill studied at the RSAMD (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), the University of Toronto and the National Opera Studio in London and was the joint winner of the 2002 Kathleen Ferrier Award.
Concert work is a core element in her career. She has appeared twice with the London Philharmonic under Kurt Masur at the BBC Proms. Her regular work with the BBC Symphony Orchestra has included an appearance at the 2005 Last Night of the Proms as the soloist in Constant Lambert’s The Rio Grande and a return to the BBC Proms in 2007 to sing Waltraute Götterdämmerung with the BBCSO and Donald Runnicles. 

Karen enjoys a close relationship with Scottish Opera where in the 2007/08 season she sang Rosina in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. Later in the season she made her debut with English National Opera as Suzuki Madam Butterfly in the highly acclaimed Anthony Minghella production. Other operatic highlights include Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas for the Festival d’Aix en Provence and Thea in Tippett’s The Knot Garden at the Barbican under Sir Andrew Davis.

She returned to Scottish Opera in the 2009/10 season to sing Isabella in Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri. In the same season she made her German Opera debut singing Waltraute at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

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