UK-based Aimee, a graduate of English National Opera's 'Opera Works' training programme, studied at the University of Glasgow (MA Music 1st Class Hons, MMus Musicology by research with full scholarship) and the Royal Northern College of Music (MMus Performance with distinction), winning multiple prizes in music and languages and the grateful recipient of a number of scholarships and awards. Her music-making career is multifaceted and varied.
As an operatic soprano she has sung for British Youth Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, Focus Opera, Heritage Opera, Young Opera Venture, the Kellie Consort, RNCM Opera, and Grange Park Opera, in roles including Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Carmen (Carmen), Pamina (The Magic Flute), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Annina (La Traviata), Second Niece (Peter Grimes), Romilda (Serse), and Musetta (La Bohème), as well as chorus and ensemble work.
As an oratorio soloist she has performed Bach's B Minor Mass and St. John Passion, the Brahms Requiem, Mendelssohn's Elijah and Hymn of Praise, Handel's Messiah and Dixit Dominus, Haydn's Nelson Mass and The Creation, Jenkins' The Armed Man, Mozart's Requiem and Coronation Mass and Vivaldi Gloria, amongst many others. Most notably she sang alongside Felicity Lott and Joan Rodgers as a soloist in Vaughan-Williams' Serenade to Music. Contemporary experience has included the premières of Crowe and Rawlinson's We Are Here to Help the People (Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester) and Richard Young's Experiment for Demolished Structures (Counterflows Festival, Centre for Contemporary Arts).
After spending her childhood in Ayr singing the works of Robert Burns, Scots Song and traditional music remains close to Aimee's heart. As a performer of traditional music she has performed around the world, performed for Burns Night at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, and appeared for Homecoming Scotland 2014 ('Ae Spark O' Nature's Fire'); she also featured in the first opera ever to be performed in Scots language, and has performed for well over one hundred Burns Suppers.
Alongside her performing career Aimee's naturally communicative style and love for facilitating music-making in others has led to extensive experience in the fields of education and outreach.
An experienced and qualified teacher of singing, piano and Kodály musicianship, she is a current staff member at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Junior Chorus and a lecturer for the junior department of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, in addition to providing private tuition from her home in Glasgow.
Aimee also has extensive experience as a choir leader, working especially with young people and in community settings: currently she is the director of the RSNO Chorus Academy, the RSNO Dundee Workplace Choir, the choirs of the Hyndland Reel Kids Music Club, and the National Youth Choir of Scotland Angus Regional Choir. As well as many roles within schools, she has led choral projects for the DAISY (Domestic Abuse Integrated Support) Project, Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership, British MENSA, and the Citizen's Theatre amongst others, founded the Northwich Pink Ladies Choir, and was a section leader for the Big Big Sing project at BBC Proms in the Park.
As project leader of Glasgow music charity 'Givin' it Laldie' from 2015 - 2018 she oversaw the delivery of 10 free community music sessions a week, managed a staff team of 8, and led multiple projects, as well as training staff and volunteers and acting as safeguarding officer for the project. During this time she brought in over £250,000 of funding including government and lottery grants and developed multiple new projects, including The Sunshine Singers (a choir for adults with learning disabilities), The Laldie Sessions in local dementia care units, and a series of 'Dementia Music Cafes' in conjunction with Alzheimer's Scotland, work which won an Evening Times Community Champion award in 2018. For the National Youth Choir of Scotland she coordinated the 2018 Wee Sing project, a nationwide initiative to encourage primary 3 children to take part in singing, with 14 projects running across Scotland.
A talented animateur, she is a lead musician for SEN children's charity Jessie's Fund working within special schools and respite care units and was a musical director for the Armonico Consort 'Musical in a Day' project within special schools. She has also developed and delivered projects within residential dementia care units, hospitals, hospices, and prison. Since 2013 she has developed and delivered programmes for the Leeds Lieder festival: 'Discovering Lieder' for Key Stage 2 schoolchildren, Family Lieder ('Heroes and Villains') for under 12s and their grown-ups, and 'Lieder for Littl'Uns' for under 5s and their families.
Aimee is much commended for her 'sparkling' delivery on-stage and a workshop style that is down to earth and encouraging. She brings intelligence, fun, and a great love for music and people to every role she inhabits, both on stage and in professional life!