Mackerras Fellow, English National Opera
Fergus Macleod is the current Charles Mackerras Fellow at English National Opera, mentored by Music Director Mark Wigglesworth and his predecessor Edward Gardner OBE. Following his outstanding performance during the first year of his tenure, which included performances with Bryn Terfel, Sir Willard White, Iestyn Davies and Lucy Crowe, Fergus has been invited to conduct a production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado (dir. Jonathan Miller) in the 2015-16 season.
On the concert platform Fergus is quickly making a name for himself – directly after completeing his postgraduate studies with Professor Johannes Schlaefli at Zurich University for the Arts in 2012 he was named Assistant to Donald Runnicles at the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Leverhulme Conducting Fellow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, roles he held until 2014.
Fergus has worked with the Colorado Symphony, London Chamber Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Biel Symphony and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and performed the world premiere of Dennis Becker’s Tod und das Mädchen in Zurich and Dvorak’s Rusalka with Utsi Opera. Recent and future highlights include performances at the BBC Proms and with Nürnberger Symphoniker as well as engagements with the BBC Symphony and Scottish Symphony Orchestras, Dresden Staatsoperette, Zielonogorska Philharmonic, Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie, Red Note and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera.
After joining the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain at the age of fourteen as a violinist, Fergus began his conducting studies with Peter Stark. Whilst a choral and instrumental scholar at the University of Cambridge, Fergus was appointed Conductor of the Cambridge University Music Society, conducted performances of Handel’s Xerxes with Fitzwilliam Chamber Opera and founded Ensemble CB3, with whom he gave numerous world premieres by composers such as David Thorne and Thomas Hewitt-Jones. Upon graduation, Fergus became Artistic Director of the University’s New Music Ensemble for the 2009/2010 Season and Music Associate for English Touring Opera’s Handelfest.
Fergus has participated in the London Symphony Orchestra’s “Discovery” masterclasses with Michael Tilson Thomas, studied at the Aspen Music Festival with David Zinman, the International Ensemble Modern Academy with Frank Ollu and Heinz Holliger, as well as the Lucerne Festival Academy with Pierre Boulez. He was a member of the prestigious Deutsche Dirigentenforum of the German Music Council.
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