Welcome to Scottish Voices
Scottish Voices started in 1991 as a trio of women vocal soloists (Alice Dumas, Amanda Morrison and Taylor Wilson) with Graham Hair as accompanist. Over the years it has slowly evolved into something like a co-operative, involving three generations of singers (35 sopranos and mezzos over the 27-year period), and recent performances and recordings have involved collaborations with male singers as well. The singers have been accompanied by several pianists, organists, harpists, vibraphonists and instrumental duos, as well as, on a few occasions, string quartet, ensemble or orchestra. The ensemble is based in Glasgow, but also performs in other Scottish venues, eg Edinburgh, Stirling and Aberdeen.
The photo at the top of this page was taken after the Scottish Voices recital on April 14, 2019, in the Old South Church on Boylston Street, Boston, Massachussetts, in the United States. The performers in the photo are (from left to right): Anne Lewis (mezzo-soprano), Yelena Beriyeva (pianist), Laura Margaret Smith (mezzo-soprano), Myrna Tennant (soprano), Jacqueline Pollauf (harpist) and Alison McNeill (soprano).
Scottish Voices records for the Ravello label in the United States, and will visit the States for the fourth time in June 2020. The ensemble has also made five visits to the Animusic Congress in Portugal (Braga, Tavira, Porto, Caldas da Rainha, Belmonte), as well as other trips to sing in New Zealand and in Cyprus. Recordings for the Australian label Tall Poppies and the UK label Nimbus are also in the pipeline.
Our most recent (2018 and 2019) recorded tracks have included director Graham Hair’s pieces Lament for Hagia Sophia (SSAATTBB and electro-acoustic sound), and O Venezia, part 2 (SSAA and harp), and American composer Bruce Mahin’s Melancholy Sonnet (SSAA and vibraphone). Over the years, Scottish Voices has sung in about 20 languages including Latin, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Greek, Hungarian, Russian and English, not to mention languages as ancient as Aramaic and Hebrew, and works (mostly contemporary) to wordless syllables or phonetic text.
The photos below show three further and different incarnations of Scottish Voices:
Frances Morrison-Allen, Alison McNeill, Taylor Wilson and Dorcas Owen, with harpist Helen Thomson, rehearsing with director Graham Hair in the Memorial Chapel of Glasgow University.
Lucy Anderson, Lynn Bellamy, Grace Wain, Dorcas Owen and Frances Morrison-Allen, after their performance in the Museu José Malhoa in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal, with pianist Anne Robertson.
The photo above shows a cohort of the youngest generation of Scottish Voices singers (left to right): Sally Carr, Rachel Thomas, Lynn Bellamy, Ruth Kiang, Ted Black, Pedro Ometo Davoli, Will Frost and Liam Bonthrone), following the recording for the American CD label Ravello of director Graham Hair’s Lament for Hagia Sophia (8 voices and electro-acoustic sound) in the Memorial Chapel of Glasgow University in 2018, with sound-recordist Tim Cooper (extreme left) and director Graham Hair (extreme right).