ABOUT THE CONSORT
Described by BBC Radio 3 as a “vocal supergroup”, Platinum Consort brings vibrancy to early music and breathes life into newly commissioned works, including those of former Composer-in-Residence, Richard Bates. Originating at the University of Cambridge in 2005, founders Scott Inglis-Kidger and Claire Daffern appointed singers from the renowned college choirs. The group now boasts the best professional consort singers in the business. Concert highlights include Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Handel’s Messiah with the Hanover Band, the Sloane Square series and a number of appearances at Kings Place as part of their Unwrapped series.
Platinum’s album In The Dark reached number 13 in the Specialist Classical Chart and number 6 in the iTunes and Amazon Classical Charts. The Observer praised the album as being a "hugely impressive debut", while the International Record Review described it as "singing that brings great pleasure". Eric Whitacre called In The Dark "clean, healthy, lusty singing”, and Classic FM featured it as their Album of the Weekend. The recording was listed as one of The Guardian's 'Best Albums of the Year’. Platinum went on to launch its own record label, Platinum Unbound, with an EP called Mary's Hope reaching number 3 in the iTunes chart, and being featured on BBC Radio 3's In Tune.
At the forefront of choral education, Platinum presents a successful series of Choral Workshops for singers who wish to explore glorious repertoire in smaller groups. Participants travel from all corners of the globe to be inspired by vocal experts Scott Inglis-Kidger and Ghislaine Morgan. The consort is supported by registered charity, Platinum Choral Foundation. Amongst other projects, the foundation supports their Chorister Programme, broadening children’s experiences of choral music, and aiming to inspire and develop the next generation of professional singers.
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Hailed by Classic FM as a “rising star of the choral world", Scott Inglis-Kidger is known for his passion and dedication as a conductor and vocal coach. Born in 1984, Scott was brought up playing the Scottish bagpipes on a farm in the Durham countryside. Having initially been told “you can’t sing” at primary school, he later discovered his voice – thanks to an inspirational music teacher – and went on to read Music at the University of Cambridge. There, he joined the world famous King's College Choir as a countertenor, touring and recording extensively. His love of exquisite vocal music was the motivation behind the formation of Platinum Consort during his final year at Cambridge.
Initially cutting his teeth as a Director of Music and Master of Choristers in two London prep schools, Scott now inspires and encourages singers of all ages and abilities, whether it be seasoned professionals, choral amateurs, or the viewers of his YouTube channel, Sing with Scott. One singer described his participation in a session with Scott as “the most amazing musical experience of my life!". Scott is equally at home directing large orchestral and choral forces as he is in the intimate setting of consort music. Highlights of his nine sell-out concerts as former conductor of Battersea (formerly Thomas's) Choral Society include Handel's Messiah with the Saraband Consort, Rutter’s Requiem with Lakeswood Sinfonia, and the world première of Richard Bates' large-scale commission, The Vigil, with Platinum Boys' Choir. Scott has guest conducted the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and The Hanover Band, and was a resident vocal consultant for the Scottish Chamber Choir.
Scott is in high demand as a vocal coach and workshop leader, and has worked with groups such as Exeter Festival Chorus, St Albans Choral Society and Twickenham Choral Society. He runs a busy vocal studio from his home in Wimbledon and is also Dad to his cat, Tigger! With bespoke workshops sold out months in advance and performances described as “pristine” and “intimate” (BBC Music Magazine), Scott is making a significant impact on the world of choral music.
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