Scottish Sinfonia

"Scotland's most exciting orchestra"

Conductor - Neil Mantle, MBE
Leader - Michael Rigg


Neil Mantle MBE - Conductor of Scottish Sinfonia

Neil Mantle MBE
Neil Mantle began conducting at the age of fifteen when he formed his own Chamber Orchestra. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music and later at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama, where he won the conducting prize. Later he was awarded the second prize in the Leeds Conducting Competition in 1986: this led to engagements with various Scottish Orchestras.

He has conducted for both BBC Radio 3 and Radio Scotland with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and has appeared frequently with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In 1994 he made his debut with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

In addition to his work with Scottish Sinfonia, Neil is also Musical Director of the Edinburgh Bach Choir.

Neil Mantle has a large repertoire of some 350 scores conducted at public concerts. Although he is at home in a wide range of schools and styles, he is especially regarded as an exponent of British Music: most noteably Elgar and Vaughan Williams.

Neil is a specialist choral examiner to the Associated Board - making his first foreign tour with them between June and August of 1998. He is a member of the Royal Society of Musicians and holds a recently bestowed degree of the Royal Academy of Music.

In the June 2008 Queen's Birthday Honours List, Neil Mantle was awarded an MBE for services to Music in Scotland.

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