The All Sorts / female a cappella quartet
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 closely 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 4. She moved to Glasgow 6 years ago to attend the RCS and now works as a freelance opera singer while moonlighting as the one who does the high notes for The All Sorts. You can catch her this season covering the Controller in Flight for Scottish Opera (and singing in the Flight Unwraps!), covering Naiad and Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos (Scottish Opera), and singing Blonde for Diva Opera in Die Entführung aus dem Serail.
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 in their Macbeth tour, Second Bridesmaid in Le Nozze di Figaro, or covering Flora in La Traviata, Peep Bo in The Mikado, or Kitchen Boy in Rusalka. 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 RWCMD 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. You can see Grace with Scottish Opera this season, covering the role of Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos and in the Chorus for Eugene Onegin.
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 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.