Keiren Brandt-Sawdy of Sydney Male Choir and Tom Buchanan of Australian Welsh Male Choir have both agreed to share the Festival, a wonderful opportunity for them to showcase their talents and musical abilities in what can be viewed as music bridging the generation gap.
Keiren was recently appointed Musical Director of the Sydney Male Choir, and after leading them on a very successful tour of New Zealand at the beginning of the year, is fast earning a reputation asa fine choral conductor. Keiren is also Musical Director of the Men's Shed Chorale and has directed community choirs for many years. In addition to his choral work, Keiren has a keen interest in opera,and conducted the Young Artists Company Operantics in three productions since 2015 - Jonathan Dove's, Mansfield Park (Australian Premiere), La Sonnambula and Die Fledermaus. He hasalso been engaged as the Assistant Conductor for Pinchgut Opera.
Keiren was born in Sydney and completed his Bachelor of Music Studies (Piano) and Master of Music Studies (Conducting) at the Sydney Conservatorium. While he was an undergraduate, he appeared as the musical director of the Sydney University Dramatic Society's production of The Threepenny Opera. After graduating in 2013, he enrolled in the Masters Conducting course at the Conservatorium. During this time he was Musical Director and Composer for the Sydney University Arts Revue and composed music for the Sydney University Dramatic Society's production of Much Ado About Nothing as well as being assistant conductor to performances by the Conservatorium Choir and Orchestra (Mozart's Requiem, 2014), The Early Music Ensemble (2015) and the Opera Unit (Malcolm Williamson's English Eccentrics, 2015).
Keiren hopes to further his studies overseas and pursue a career as an opera conductor. He is very excited to be working with the choristers in this year's MCAA festival.