Wilma MacDougall was born in Kintyre, and after gaining her BA (Hons) in Music went to study singing with Patricia MacMahon at the R.S.A.M.D. Glasgow where she graduated with an M.Mus. During her study there she won many awards, competitions and scholarships. She moved to Glasgow from Cambridge after graduating with a PGCE in secondary Music and Mathematics.
Wilma leads a very busy solo career, both as a recital singer and as a soloist with many orchestras and ensembles including The SCO, the Northern Sinfonia, The Edinburgh Quartet and Paragon Ensemble. She has recorded and broadcast for BBC Scotland Radio and Borders Television with repertoire ranging from Bach's Cantata 51, Jauchzet Gott, to contemporary repertoire.
Her wide repertoire ranges from contemporary music e.g. the British premier of Stockhausen's SternKlang directed by the composer to performances of oratorio in Germany, Italy, Czeckoslovakia and throughout Britain. Diverse solo recital repertoire varies from lieder and French song at the Queen's Hall, Edinburgh to 'Scottish songs over the centuries' in London.
Operatic roles have included Musetta in Puccini's La Boheme, Michaela in Bizet's Carmen, Grainne in the premier of Bill Sweeney's Gaelic opera An Turus and The Queen of the Night in Mozart's Magic Flute, all receiving excellent reviews.
Recent performances include Handel's Messiah in Denmark, Fanshaw's African Sanctus, Missa Criola by
Ramirez and future concerts include Handel's Messiah, The Ben by Hearne and Clerk's cantata Dic Mihi.