Angus McCall

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2019

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Cello

Location: Royal Academy of Music

Angus McCall was born in Belfast and has been playing the cello since the age of 9. He holds an offer and scholarship to begin a Masters at the Royal Academy of Music in September 2019, where he will be studying with Professor Robert Cohen.
His previous teachers have included Josephine Knight, Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, Tim Hugh, Principal Cello of the London Symphony Orchestra and William Butt at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
 
Angus is currently in his final year studying German at New College, Oxford University, and was awarded an Academic Scholarship in 2016. His music making is still a top priority alongside his studies.
 
Professionally, Angus is a regular player with the Ulster Orchestra, performing in over 20 concerts with them including their 17/18 season finale and 18/19 season opening concerts under Music Director Rafael Payare.
Angus was the Principal Cello of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in 2016, having been a member for 4 years. In his final performance with the NYO he played the cello solos in Holst's The Planets in the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. He has also been Principal of the Ulster Youth Orchestra and the City of Belfast Youth Orchestra from 2013-2015.
Through these ensembles Angus has performed at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, Royal Festival Hall, the Barbican and Morgan Park Summer Music Festival in Glen Cove, Long Island.
 
Angus has performed both as an orchestral player and soloist, most recently he performed Franz Popper's Hungarian Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra on the City of Belfast Youth Orchestra’s concert tour of the United States of America as well as performing to a full capacity audience in Belfast’s Ulster Hall. Angus has also performed various other cello concertos in multiple recitals around Ireland including Elgar, Schumann, Shostakovich and Haydn. He has played orchestral solos in the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Snape Maltings, Royal Festival Hall as well as locally in the Waterfront Hall in Belfast. Angus was named Northern Ireland Young Musician of the Year in 2014 and was highly commended for his European Union Youth Orchestra audition in 2016.
In Oxford, Angus was the Principal Cello of the Oxford University Orchestra and is an Instrumental Scholar at New College, Oxford.
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