Scottish Voices

Scottish Voices is an ensemble of women's voices, directed by composer Graham Hair, with associated instrumentalists who accompany them in different repertoires. The ensemble was founded in 1991, and is based in Glasgow, Scotland. Works for women's voices, usually with accompaniment (piano, harp, percussion, duo, string quartet, ensemble or orchestra), form the basis of its repertoire, and works by Scottish composers hold a particular place its performances.

The singers include sopranos Amanda Morrison, Frances Morrison and Nicola Corbishley and mezzo-sopranos Taylor Wilson, Dorcas Owen and Anne Lewis. Other singers who particpate with the group on occasion include sopranos Susan Hamilton, Wilma MacDougall, Libby Crabtree, Lisa Swayne and Alison McNeill, and mezzos Monica Brett-Crowther and Emilie Alford. Instrumentalists have included harpists Helen Thomson, Catriona McKay, Sharron Griffiths and (on tour in the United States) Jacqueline Pollauf from Baltimore. Other instrumental collaborators have included pianists Jennifer McNamara, Lauryna Sableviciute and Robert Melling, the Edinburgh Quartet, Glasgow's Symposia Ensemble and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera.

The ensemble's most common configuration is as a quartet with instrumental accompaniment. Pictured above are Dorcas Owen, Amanda Morrison, Monica Brett-Crowther and Taylor Wilson with Graham Hair outside St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow, following their performance at St Mary's with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, cond Derek Clark in June 2006.

The picture above was taken in St Mary's at the conclusion of the performance of Graham Hair's The Rainbow Serpent for 4 voices and orchestra, during the above-mentioned concert with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera. From left to right: Dorcas Owen, Taylor Wilson, Monica Brett-Crowther and Amanda Morrison.

Pictured above are pianist Jennifer McNamara and director Graham Hair with singers Anne Lewis, Taylor Wilson and Amanda Morrison in the Concert Hall of Glasgow University, following their recital there in April 2007

The photograph above was taken after a concert in the Guinness Room of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in April 2007. Standing at the back, from left to right: Amanda Morrison, Taylor Wilson, pianist Jennifer McNamara, cor anglais player Shona Bayly and director Graham Hair; at the harp: Helen Thomson; crouching in front: Anne Lewis and Susan Hamilton.

Recent Scottish Voices concerts were given in the Musica Nova Festival at Glasgow University (part of Glasgow's West End Festival) in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. For details of recent and forthcoming Scottish Voices concerts, click on the "Concerts" link in the panel above (top right on this page).

Further information about Scottish Voices is available from Graham Hair or from the Scottish Music Information Centre (info@smic.dircon.co.uk).