Programme: Music - PhD/MSc by Research

Start date: September 2015

Mode of study: Full time

Cole Bendall is a conductor, tenor singer and current PhD Music candidate (awarded the Edinburgh College of Art Scholarship 2015-18) in the Reid School of Music.

His PhD research surrounds late-Socialist Estonian choral music: how composers living in the regime of the former Estonian SSR worked with authorities and under the jurisdiction of the local Composers Unions, and how this music contributed to the country’s revolutionary events of 1991. Previous projects have included the study of Kenneth Leighton’s choral works for institutions in Edinburgh and the reception of choral music performance on screen.

Cole conducts choirs across central Scotland; he is currently conductor to the Dalkeith Singers and to the St Andrews Renaissance Singers, based at the Music Centre of the University of St Andrews. Cole is also co-founder and Artistic Director of the Reid Consort: an advanced vocal ensemble that puts education and outreach development at its core. He studies conducting with Gregory Batsleer and has participated in masterclasses with Stephen Layton, Christopher Bell, George Hurst, Mark Heron and others.

Cole graduated from the University of Aberdeen with First Class Honours in Music in 2012, and from the University of Edinburgh with an MMus Musicology in 2015. Prior to commencing studies in Edinburgh, he volunteered as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and later worked with SCO Connect, the creative learning department of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.


“Screening Handel: audience reactions to the Hallelujah chorus as presented for broadcast media and YouTube.” Choral practice, performance and pedagogy: real world applications of choral research. University of Sheffield, in partnership with the Institute of Musical Research, 8 April 2016.