Meet the Team
FOUNDER / MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Madaleine an established performer with 20 years experience of working professionally in the UK. After graduating with a first-class Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Strathclyde, Madaleine spent her formative years touring the world with bands such as the BAFTA award winning, OSCAR and GRAMMY nominated soul revivalists ‘The Commitments’.
Live appearances and session work have included live performances for The Average White Band, composer Paul Leonard Morgan (Limitless, Wormwood, Dynasty) Tom Jones, Mica Paris, Alesha Dixon, Edwin Collins, Wet Wet Wet, Paul Carrack (Mike and The Mechanics), Ricky Ross and Deacon Blue, Ian Anderson MBE (Jethro Tull), Stuart Murdock (Belle and Sebastian) and Jon Fratelli. Other highlights include opening for The Fun Lovin Criminals, Bryan Adams, Al Green, Dr.John, Mayer Hawthorne, and British soul diva Alice Russell.
Performances at major music festivals include T-in The Park (Scotland), TRMSMT, Tabarka Jazz Festival (Tunisia, Africa) Edinburgh and Glasgow Blues and Jazz Festivals. Milwaukee Irish Festival (USA), Winnipeg International Music Festival (Canada), Soul Summit Music Festival (New York, USA), Wickerman (Scotland), Isle of Wight Music Festival (UK), BBC Music Festival (London, Reading, Glasgow, UK).
Co MUSICAL DIRECTOR
A vastly experienced performer, arranger and pianist, Allan brings a wealth of talent to the position of Assistant Musical Director and arranger.
Having graduated with a BMus + PGCE he has firmly established himself as a music educationalist and cites many creative influences – Stevie Wonder, Prince, Sting, Billy Joel, James Ingram and Billy Joel to name a few. Allan has performed on stage with Paul Carrick, Karine Polwart, Horse, Ricky Ross and Lorraine MacIntosh. His personal highlight to date is taking part in a vocal masterclass with Bobby McFerrin. Allan has been a much loved addition to the Connect family since the choir first formed in 2016. He would like to add that any resemblance to Where’s Wally, Postman Pat or Stu from The Hangover is purely co-incidental.