Madrigirls is co-directed by Katy Lavinia Cooper and Catriona Downie. The group was formed in 2000 and now consists of around 35 undergraduates, graduates and friends of Glasgow University from all kinds of backgrounds and in all kinds of professions. Our members are all amateurs who simply love to sing - if you want to join us we audition each year in October. Contact us to find out more!
Katy Lavinia Cooper
Katy is an experienced choral conductor, arranger and singer living and working in Glasgow. She is Director of Chapel Music at the University of Glasgow. She currently leads Glasgow Madrigirls, Cathures (chamber choir), John Lewis Glasgow/Hamilton Branch Choir, choirs for children and young people at the Glad Foundation and Glasgow University Choral Society.
Katy enjoys traditional music and sings with folk-harmony groups Muldoon’s Picnic and Crying Lion (a collaboration between members of Muldoon’s Picnic and Trembling Bells). Katy also sings with Sang Scule (ensemble specialising in early Scottish choral music), Sine Nomine International Touring Choir and Serafine. Katy tutors in conducting for Sing for Pleasure, and has also tutored for Scotland Sings, Glasgow University, Aberdeen University and Strathcylde University.
Katy’s arrangements for choir have been published by Sing for Pleasure and Canasg. Katy completed her doctorate, focusing on seventeenth century Scottish music, in 2016.
Catriona Downie is co-founder and co-director of Madrigirls. In 2004 she completed her MA honours degree in history at the University of Glasgow and now works for Scottish Opera.
She trained as a chorister in Edinburgh. Her singing career has spanned everything from Dido and Aeneas to weekly choral singing, musicals and performances of Early Music. Catriona held a Choral Scholarship at GU Chapel Choir for four years and sang with them as an alumni member until 2014.
Catriona also sings with Sang Scule (an ensemble specialising in early Scottish choral music).