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MUSICIANS - CLASSROOM & MUSICIANSHIP

Aimee Toshney

Copy of Staff - Website photo (29).pngOriginally from Ayr but proudly half - Dundonian, Aimee has been singing for as long as she can remember and playing the piano since she was 9. She studied at the University of Glasgow (MA 1st Class Hons, MMus Musicology), the RNCM (MMus with distinction), and with the British Kodály Academy and Roehampton University in music education.  

 

As an operatic soprano she trained and performed with companies including English National Opera, Grange Park Opera, Heritage Opera, British Youth Opera, and Wexford Festival Opera, and as a performer of Scots song has sung around the world. 

 

Her true love is education and facilitation and she has been leading choirs and educational projects since 2003, working for organisations including Jessie’s Fund, Armonico Consort, the Edinburgh International Festival, Givin’ It Laldie, Luminate, the National Girls Choir, Birnam Arts, Alzheimer’s Scotland, and BBC Proms in the Park. Awards include the Evening Times Community Champion award for her projects within dementia care units in the Gorbals, and the JM Barrie Action for Children’s Arts Member’s Award for her work with children for the Leeds Lieder festival. She also regularly presents on young voices for organisations including the Scottish Association for Music Education, the ISM Trust, and the Creative Choir Leader. 

 

Currently she is the director of the RSNO Chorus Academy and a staff member at the RSNO Junior Chorus, a lecturer for the RCS Junior Conservatoire, director of the Forth Valley Sensory Singers, and a facilitator and trainer for NYCOS. She is beyond delighted to join the team at Big Noise Raploch! 

    

In her spare time she enjoys playing video games, eco-warrior-ing, playing with her elderly pet snake, and pretending to be a dinosaur with her young family.

 

Carly McCready

Copy of Staff - Website photo (4).pngCarly is a Horn player and arts practitioner from Aberdeen, Scotland who previously worked in Big Noise Torry. She studied Music Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has had the opportunity to play with groups such as the RSNO, Scottish Opera and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Carly is passionate about using music as a tool for social change and is delighted to be working as one of the musicianship teachers with Big noise Torry! In addition to her work at Big Noise, Carly does outreach work for the National Youth Choir of Scotland and is the current ‘horn ambassador’ for the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. Carly is also a current member of the Nevis Ensemble and enjoys touring with them around Scotland. Carly's other passion lies in ‘Arts in Justice’ - she has recently been studying this area and starting to facilitate workshops in Prisons and Young Offenders Institutions across Scotland. 

 

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