Gordon Waterson was born and brought up in Edinburgh, Scotland where he attended George Watson’s College. He began formal vocal training as a baritone aged 13 with Dorcas Owen before moving to the University of Edinburgh to embark upon a Law degree. Whilst studying at Edinburgh, Gordon received vocal training as a counter-tenor from Eric von Ibler. Gordon has recently graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London with a First Class BMus Hons. (Performance) degree where he studied with the head of the vocal department Linda Hirst and Robert Aldwinckle.
While at school, Gordon received the Moonie Memorial Prize for Singing in 2004 and 2006. In 2006 he was also awarded the Bursary for Excellence in the field of Creative Arts, and successfully arranged, rehearsed and conducted a piece for an internal choir competition, being placed first overall.
Gordon’s performances include: Rinaldo in Handel’s Rinaldo under Nicholas Kraemer (2011), Refugee in Dove’s Flight (2011), soloist in the Ether Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall (2011), soloist in J.S. Bach’s Magnificat in D with Greenwich Baroque Orchestra under Sean Farrell (2008), chorus in Blow’s Venus and Adonis with Edinburgh Studio Opera (2008), chorus in Handel’s Acis and Galatea with Edinburgh Studio Opera (2008), soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana (2006), and recordings/performances of pieces written for him by Trinity Laban composition students and teachers. Gordon has also performed in many masterclasses with Linda Hirst, Eric von Ibler, Louise Winter, Teresa Cahill, Hazel Wood, Nigel Robson, Jonathan Peter Kenny, and many other distinguished performers and educators.
Gordon has been a finalist in both the Trinity College of Music Lieder competition and English song competition, in which he was highly commended. He also represented Trinity Laban at the annual Kathleen Ferrier Junior Bursary Competition in 2009. In 2011, Gordon came second in the Association of English Singers and Speakers Courtney Kenny Award. He performs regularly with the renowned pianist Melis Ömeroğlu.
Gordon is currently an apprentice with the Monteverdi Choir where he works with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and sings with the choir. Gordon was previously a Dame Susan Morden Scholar with the Old Royal Naval College Chapel Choir, under the direction of Richard Tanner. He sang with the Trinity Laban Chamber Choir under Stephen Jackson, the Trinity Laban Early Music Vocal Ensemble under Timothy Travers-Brown, and fronts the experimental contemporary improvisation ensemble ‘The Raw Stories Collective’. Gordon also sings with professional vocal ensembles including Cappella Nova, Armonico Consort and The Blossom Street Singers, who have recently released an album on the Naxos label to outstanding critical acclaim.
The next few months will see Gordon perform the role of ‘Spirit’ in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Black Robin Opera, give a recital for the London Caledonian Society at the Caledonian Club, as well as recordings with Blossom Street and a European tour of a Bach programme with Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Monteverdi Choir.
In his spare time, Gordon runs the London based ceilidh band ‘Ceòl Mór Ceilidh’ and is the Vice President for Music on the Trinity Laban Student Union.