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Born Ayrshire.

Scottish conductor, chorus master, director and librettist.

John Currie studied music and English at Glasgow University, and held a post as Lecturer in Music there until 1971. He then became Director of Music at the University of Leicester, and in June 1977 was appointed visiting Professor of Music at the University of Strathclyde.

As chorus master of the Scottish National Orchestra Chorus from 1966, he led them on their American tour in July 1976. In 1966 he formed the John Currie Singers. He also succeeded Arthur Oldham as director of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus.

He adapted Hogg's little-known novel Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner as a libretto for Thomas Wilson's opera, premiered by Scottish Opera in 1976, conducting some of the performances.

For many years he conducted and directed productions of opera at the Perth Festival, where his repertoire included works by Mozart (Figaro, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, Magic Flute), Gluck (Orpheus and Euridice), and Britten (the Church Parables and Albert Herring).

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