As of Winter 2021-2022, the news from Scottish Voices includes two special forthcoming events:

(1) Sharing Cultures: a project by Scottish Voices with Glasgow’s Kentigern Quartet (Barbara Downie, Feargus Hetherington, Nicola Boag and Jessica Kerr).

Works for 4 women’s voices and string quartet by Margaret McAllister (Phantom of the Clouds) to texts by Guillaume Apollinaire (1890-1918) in French, and by Graham Hair (Ecstasy and Enlightenment), to texts by Jalal ad-Din Rumi (1207-1273) in English translations by William Hastie (1842-1903), Professor of Divinity of Glasgow University (1895-1903). Plus Lewis Murphy’s Voyager (for string quartet). Because of the coronovirus pandemic in 2020, this project has now been rescheduled for 2023

 (2) the forthcoming issue of our next CD on the American label Ravello.

This CD (entitled Crossing Musical Frontiers) contains works by Scottish, American and Australian composers for cohorts of up to 8 voices, accompanied primarily by organ (Kevin Bowyer, organist) or by electro-acoustic sound:

  • Graham Hair: Sufi Fragments and Sufi Couplets (2 voices with digital harmonium);

  • Graham Hair: Lament for Hagia Sophia (8 voices and electro-acoustic sound);

  • Bruce Mahin: Sonnetas (4 women’s voices and organ);

  • Bruce Mahin: Melancholy Sonnet (4 women’s voices and vibraphone)

  • Jonathan Stephens: The Guarding of the God of Life (4 women’s voices and organ);

  • Jonathan Stephens: Paean (organ solo);

  • Edward McGuire: Celtic Knotwork (3 women’s voices a cappella);

  • Alistair MacDonald: Salutation (harp and electro-acoustic sound);

  • Tom Hall: the map has been barely marked (4 women ‘s voices and electro-acoustic sound);

  • Nicky Hind: The Well (3  women ‘s voices and electro-acoustic sound).