Colum Donovan-Paterson

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2020

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Baritone

Location: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Colum is from Glasgow and has just finished a BMus in Vocal Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, studying with Julian Tovey. He is extremely grateful for the assistance of Help Musicians, which will help to support his Masters course at RCS, beginning in September 2020.

Opera appearances include chorus work in Donizetti’s L’Elisir D’Amore (New Generation Festival, Florence) and Wagner’s Götterdämmerung with Sir Andrew Davis and the RSNO. He has performed in the chorus of productions such as Kurt Weill’s Street Scene at RCS and Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel in a coproduction with Scottish Opera. As a soloist Colum has played the principal role of The Boy in Kurt Weill’s Der Jasager with Scottish Opera Connect. He also appears in the Netflix Originals feature film Outlaw King in a singing role.

Choral music is a very important part of his musical life. He was selected for the prestigious Genesis Sixteen programme for young singers for 2018-2019. As well as the incredible training this has provided, he has had the wonderful opportunity to perform alongside The Sixteen in the world premiere of Sir James MacMillan’s 5th Symphony Le Grand Inconnu at The Usher Hall during the 2019 Edinburgh International Festival and singing in the official live recording of Le Grand Inconnu at the Barbican Centre in London. He was also selected for the inaugural Dunedin Consort Young Artist scheme and sang with The Dunedin Consort on their Golden Age tour in 2018 and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2019.

Colum has appeared in productions with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the Perth Concert Hall and at Glasgow City Halls and in Langgaard’s Music of the Spheres at Glasgow Cathedral. As a long-term member of the flagship vocal ensemble RCS Voices, he has appeared in concerts across Scotland, including the Aberdeen International Youth Festival and has joined the Cumnock Festival Chorus during consecutive years at the annual Cumnock Festival. He performs as a soloist on a regular basis throughout Scotland in works such as Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and Fauré’s Requiem.

In competitions, Colum was Highly Commended at the prestigious Governors’ Recital Prize 2020, received third place in the Hugh S Roberton Prize 2019 and was Highly Commended in the Leonie Kayser Prize for Singing, 2018.
This year he was one of seven students selected for the RCS Associate Artist scheme, which provides mentoring and coaching from a professional singer of international standing. Colum is delighted to have had the privilege of working closely with Karen Cargill, receiving regular one-to-one coaching and advice, which has been of invaluable help in preparation for his future.

I am extremely grateful for the support of Help Musicians. Their assistance will allow me to pursue a Masters degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and fulfil my dream to be a professional opera singer.