Abi Kitching is a conductor, facilitator and singer. From 2016-18 she held the prestigious Alexander Gibson Fellowship with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus which led her to assist on performances including a BBC Prom of Britten War Requiem. She conducted the RSNO women’s chorus in Holst The Planets in sell out performances in Glasgow and Edinburgh and, this summer, she assisted Gregory Batsleer (Chorus Master) in SCO’s performance of Jephta at the BBC Proms.
Abi is Musical Director of Blackburn Music Society, where she has established a Vocal Coaching scheme, Huddersfield Choral Society’s new community choir, HCS Voices, Preston Orpheus Society, and The Opera Shack. She is a conductor for the Hallé Corporate Choir scheme, working with PwC, DLA Piper, RSM, and TPE. She has also conducted Leeds Philharmonic Chorus, Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra, the Northern Baroque Sinfonia, Darwen Ladies Choir, and Darwen Brass Band.
Abi is passionate about community music making. With the Irene Taylor Trust and TiPP she facilities projects in prisons (Artist in Residence, HMP Risley, 2018) and with young people in the criminal justice system. Abi co-leads a Hallé community project in Gorton, and also works for Streetwise Opera, Olympias Music Foundation, and Contact Theatre.
Abi is a trained singer and attained a high first in her recital performance at the University of Manchester, where she graduated with a first class degree. She won the David Clover Festival of Singing Recital category in 2017, and records, performs and broadcasts regularly with Kantos Chamber Choir.