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. 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 includes 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 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 Second Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.
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.
7pm, Friday 17 May: Private party, Ross Priory
1pm – 2pm, Wednesday 22 May 2019: Inverness, At One with Music
7.30pm, Wednesday 12 June 2019: Stranraer
3pm, Sunday 27 October 2019: Music in Rannoch
7.30pm, Sunday 15 December 2019: Dunfermline Arts Guild
3pm, Sunday 9 February 2020, Gatehouse-of-Fleet
8pm, Saturday 1 September 2018: Cove Burgh Hall
12 noon – 1pm, Thursday, 6 September 2018: Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh
1pm – 2pm, Saturday 8 September 2018: Renfield St Stephen’s, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4JP
7.30pm, Friday 23 November 2018: Thurso West Church
1pm – 2pm, Wednesday 5 December 2018: Westbourne Music Society
7pm, Sunday 27 January 2019: Sundays at Seven, Helensburgh