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Concert by The All Sorts

The All Sorts are a female a cappella quartet

A musical afternoon not to be missed in the company of Sarah Shorter, Jane Monari, Grace Wain and Barbara Cole Walton.

The All Sorts were born in the back of a car, founded by four touring opera singers who simply wanted an excuse to hang out more.  Sarah, Jane, Grace and Barbara decided to “give the a cappella thing a try” and discovered they were rather good at it!  They came together to form a group which could perform all musical styles: from opera to motown and Lieder to Disney, combining classic barbershop and classical arrangements. They began their close harmonising adventure in late 2017.

Barbara Cole Walton comes from Vancouver Island, Canada, and has specialised in Disney (with a focus on The Little Mermaid) since the tender age of four. She moved to Glasgow six years ago to attend the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) and now works as a freelance opera singer while moonlighting as the one who does the high notes for The All Sorts. Last season she covered the Controller in Flight for Scottish Opera (and sang in the Flight Unwraps!), covered Naiad and Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos (Scottish Opera), and sang Blonde for Diva Opera in Die Entführung aus dem Serail.  Her 2018/19 season included singing Norina, Don Pasquale in Wexford Festival Opera’s ShortWorks, covering Ice Anthropocene (Stuart MacRae) for Scottish Opera, and reprising Blonde, Die Entführung aus dem Serail on tour in Japan with Diva Opera.

Sarah Shorter began singing by accident and continued out of habit. She trained in opera at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and moved to Glasgow for love. She’ll tell you about it sometime. Since then, you might have noticed her performing with Scottish Opera as Second Witch and Lady in Waiting in their Macbeth tour, Second Bridesmaid in Le Nozze di Figaro, or covering Flora in La Traviata, Peep Bo in The Mikado, Mercedes in Carmen or Kitchen Boy in Rusalka. In February 2019 she sang the role of Julia Bertram in Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park with Opera South. She founded The All Sorts so that she could fulfil her lifetime ambition of singing tenor professionally. She enjoys board games and miniature painting.

Grace Wain graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with an MA in Opera Performance in 2014, after which she moved to Scotland. She is a regular part of the Scottish Opera Chorus and also dabbles as a fitter of ladies’ lingerie. Since forming The All Sorts, Grace has found great fulfilment in (sometimes) being allowed to sing the tune. Grace covered and performed the role of Second Lady in Mozart’s Magic Flute with Scottish Opera earlier this year.

Jane Monari hails from the city of Philadelphia, USA. She completed her BMus at Juilliard and her MA at the Royal Academy of Music, before moving to Scotland to study opera at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS). She appeared as a soloist with the City of Glasgow Chorus and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera (Missa Solemnis, Israel in Egypt, Die Erste Walpurgisnacht, Mozart’s Requiem) and has since worked in the Scottish Opera chorus, mostly singing, but sometimes cracking the whip as dance captain. You may have caught her ‘Winterreise’ at Glasgow Cathedral’s summer recital series. She loves singing the accompanimental bass part as she rarely has to remember any words.

Tickets for the concert are £8 at the door, with free admission for children.

Refreshments (a glass of wine or a soft drink, and nibbles) will be served during the interval.

This is the final concert in Music in Rannoch’s 2019 season. The first of next season’s concerts will be held on 24 May 2020. For further details please click here.



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