Conductor – Sam Prescott
“New Irvine Community Choir” Founder, and Conductor is Sam Prescott.
Alongside being a conductor and chorus director, Sam is primarily a classically trained singer. He also plays flute, piccolo & tuned percussion and is self taught on the organ and piano.
He has won several awards for his singing at the Ayrshire Music Festival and won “North Ayrshire Young singer of the year – 2010”.
He is currently Organist & Choir Master at Bourtreehill Relief Parish Church.
As well as singing and playing a wide variety of music, Sam often arranges and occasionally composes music for choirs including some pieces written especially for NICC.
Sam is a well practised chorister, singing with many choirs including NYCoS (NBC) and NA Schools Choir. As a result of his choral experience, he is fast becoming a popular choice as a choral director alongside his duties with Bourtreehill Relief Parish and of course his vital role with New Irvine Community Choir.
As conductor Sam has held permanent posts with Stevenson Musical Society and Troon Chorus and can also be found as a stand in conductor rehearsing various other choirs, community orchestras and brass bands. He has attended many choral workshops both as a chorister and as a director and has attended several short courses in music direction including those provided by ABCD (Association of British Choral Directors)
Sam can be found in many musical settings, from playing organ for weddings and Sunday services, to playing piano in cocktail bars around Glasgow & beyond, performing vocal recitals and appearing as vocal soloist with other choirs, and of course, conducting and directing choirs throughout Ayrshire.
Sam was previously a student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Accompanist – Caroline McKinney
“New Irvine Community Choir” Accompanist is Caroline McKinney, who joined us in September 2014.
Caroline is a classically trained pianist who first took piano lessons at the age of 5.
After fully integrating herself in the music department at secondary school, she started practising piano every day and after receiving top tuition from piano teacher and accompanist Claire Haslin, she was eventually accepted in the RSAMD Junior Academy while she was in 3rd year at secondary school.
Gaining 2nd and 3rd prizes for her performances at the Glasgow Music Festival, and playing at every opportunity in school, between solo performances and being pianist for her school ceilidh band, Caroline had decided to study at the RSAMD and was granted an Unconditional, Guaranteed place on the BEd, Music Teachers Course.
During her first two years on the BEd course, Caroline was tutored by Anne Scott – a wonderful piano teacher from the academy. Caroline says she was “really challenged by Anne and it made me a better pianist.” Then in her final two years she was tutored by Sinae Lee – a world renowned concert pianist. Again, she was challenged by Sinae to play to the best of her ability.
While studying music she accompanied Fraser Robert Pearce for many events and they performed publicly a number of times – performing in various venues, including Tron church and in Fraser’s church.
Caroline graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD) with a 2.2 Honours Degree in Music Teaching and teaches many pupils from her home while also working as a teacher in Paisley Grammar School in Paisley.