William Niven

Sir Hugh Stevenson Roberton, 1874 - 1952. Founder of Glasgow Orpheus Choir (about 1935)

About this artwork

An eye that fixes and a grin that threatens, the choral conductor and composer Hugh Roberton urges his singers to give their utmost. A perfectionist, he expected the highest standards of performance from the Orpheus Choir. He founded the choir in Glasgow in 1906 and for the nearly fifty years of its existence, the Orpheus Choir enjoyed worldwide acclaim. Their repertoire included many Scottish folk songs arranged for choral performance as well as Italian madrigals, English motets and the music of the Russian Orthodox Church.

William Niven

William Niven

A Scottish engraver and cartoonist, William Niven was based in Greenock, near Glasgow. He exhibited work at the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts.