Former Peterhead Central School, and Academy pupil Amy Strachan, recently graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a 2:1 Bachelor of Music degree with Honours.
During her time at the university, Amy won many prizes, for her singing, including The Margaret Fletcher Schola Cantorum of Edinburgh Leider Prize, and the Tovey Memorial Prize, which is awarded to the student who shows the greatest promise in composition, or in Vocal/instrumental performance.
Amy also enjoys community music, and some of her happiest times during her undergraduate degree have been while working with groups of adults with learning difficulties, and children, both in Edinburgh, and in The Gambia, Africa, as part of the music in the community course.
Highlights of her solo vocal performances include a recital with Dr John Kitchen, in the Usher Hall; the recent world premiere of “Perch” in Glasgow – a large-scale outdoor street theatre and aerial performance and a highlight of the opening weekend of Festival 2014, part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme; Opera appearances in “Die Fledermaus”and “Semele”; and soloist with the University of Edinburgh Chorus in numerous choral works.
Amy is also a member of the National Youth Choir of Scotland, having toured with them last year to Eastern Europe, performing in Prague, Vienna, and Bratislava.
She recently performed The Mozart “Requiem” at the Proms, at the Royal Albert Hall in London. As well as singing with NYCoS, Amy has also augmented the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus, and was a member of Scottish Opera Connect for two years.
Upcoming performances include three separate events at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Amy is currently enjoying working at the prestigious St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh, and is looking forward to continuing her studies in Postgraduate vocal performance with a view to singing professionally, teach and be involved in community music.