Abi Kitching will be joining BMS as Musical Director in September 2018. Abi graduated with a first class honours music degree from the University of Manchester in 2017. During her time at university, she was Musical Director of chamber choir Ad Solem, and a student conductor of the Manchester Chorus and The Cosmo Singers. In the past year, she has been Assistant Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) Chorus after being awarded the Alexander Gibson Memorial Fellowship. In this post she has worked closely with the chorus on repertoire including Brahms, German Requiem and Bernstein, Chichester Psalms and Mass.
Abi is passionate about accessibility to the arts and is currently Musical Director of Darwen Ladies Choir, Women’s Voices (Olympias Music Foundation), as well as a workshop leader for Streetwise Opera, The Irene Taylor Trust, and Contact Theatre. She is also Community Coordinator of The Opera Shack, an accessible opera company which she co-founded. She was Musical Director of their inaugural show, and conducted conducting a reduced score of Carmen with them in June 2018. Abi also co-founded Musica Festival at Manchester University, set up to celebrate female music making. Outside of conducting, Abi is an active soprano and regularly performs, broadcasts, and records with choirs such as Kantos Chamber Choir and Manchester Chamber Choir. She also won the recital category in the prestigious David Clover Festival of Singing in 2017