Wellington Scholars & Friends in Concert – 25th June 2022

2pm – 4pm with interval    Entry by donation

Three chamber music groups involving singers who sing or have recently sung as scholars in the Wellington Choir will have the opportunity to lead us further into their musical sensitivities.

Vox Duo is an independent collaboration founded in 2018 between Scottish soprano Karla Anne Grant and British-Brazilian mezzo soprano Julia Martins Solomon both under the tutelage of Wilma MacDougall. Both are completing their postgraduate studies at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in June 2022, having both gained a First-Class Honours Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance in 2020 also at the RCS.

Praised for their blend of voices, Vox Duo have worked in close collaboration with classical pianists to present recitals of German lieder, French mélodie, Italian, English and Scots song, as well as oratorio, opera, and operetta. Vox Duo are versatile artists who enjoy exploring a range of musical genres and performance settings. They have performed across the UK in their own Vox Duo concert series, and by invitation at the Glasgow Art Club and Kodàly Erasmus+ Event in The National Piping Centre.


Vox Duo – Karla and Julia

Morris/Begg McIntyre/Morris trio Ines, James and Ross first started working together while studying for their undergraduate degrees at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where they are currently still studying together on postgraduate courses. All three of them work for Live Music Now Scotland in two separate voice and guitar duos, the McIntyre-Morris Duo and the Morris-Begg Duo but as close friends, they often come together to perform concerts and work on duets that Ross arranges to be accompanied by guitar. Between them they perform a wide variety of music spanning across centuries, showcasing the true depth and versatility of the voice and guitar repertoire. Expect a variety of music from the Baroque to the bizarre including music by Purcell, Monteverdi, Schubert and Britten as well as an appearance of Rossini’s well-loved cat duet.

Ross Morris – Guitar
nes Mayhew Begg – Soprano
James McIntyre – Tenor

Oscen Ensemble are a Glasgow based trio of Royal Conservatoire of Scotland alumni comprising of Emily Wishart (Soprano), Olivia Tomasovic (Oboe) and Mianoora Kosonen (Piano). The trio are inspired by the unique sound created by this combination of instruments and enjoy performing a wide range of repertoire from Baroque to modern day. As classically trained musicians, the Oscen Ensemble create diverse programmes which fuse their love of classical music with other genres such as folk and improvisation, often drawing inspiration from their respective cultural backgrounds. For example, in their recent concert at Hillington Park Parish Church in celebration of St Andrew’s Fair Saturday, the trio presented works by Nordic composer Grieg and Finnish composer Jarnefelt alongside settings of traditional Burns songs. Furthermore, one of the ensemble’s main aims is to shine a spotlight on lesser-known repertoire and to champion underrepresented composers. As a result, in the coming months Oscen Ensemble are preparing for their show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August ‘Song for the Forgotten Rose’, a programme which exclusively features works by female composers from Clara Schumann and Amy Beach to living composers such as Jenni Brandon.

The Oscen Ensemble

  This concert is part of the 2022 Wellington Arts Festival.