Aimee enjoys a varied career as a professional singer, encompassing opera, oratorio, concert work, contemporary art music, Burns suppers, weddings, funerals, and session vocals. She particularly enjoys chamber music and performs as part of several ensembles: Aimee Toshney and Ewan Gilford (a traditional duo performing classical art song and operatic repertoire together since 2010), Arialba (a soprano and mezzo-soprano duo with piano), Terpsichore (a female vocal octet performing modern choral works and championing female and Scottish composers), and The New Highland Café Orchestra, a new world music ensemble based in Scotland.
'A sparkling night of entertainment.' Craig Borland, The Buteman, evening recital for Bute Arts Society
'Aimee's recital was a real delight...long, clear phrasing...she projected her personality superbly...brought tears of laughter from her audience.' - Geoffrey Roberts, cabaret recital for Saddleworth Chamber Concerts Society
'Stylish singing and well-presented...attractive ornaments and good coloratura...musical and accomplished singing...the quality of the voice was outstanding...this aria, especially the first half, really was very special.' - Lynne Dawson, Diploma Recital, Royal Northern College of Music
'...this reviewer is happy to pick Aimee Toshney’s Song to the Moon by Dvořák as particularly moving. The music, obviously but the singer’s extra mile, definitely.' - Tim Pomerey, Voice For Arran, McLellan Arts Festival
'A real showstopper came from Aimee Toshney in Tesori's 'Girl in 14G'...altogether a most enjoyable and varied programme.' - Opera Scotland, Burns to Bernstein, Ayr Gaiety Theatre
'A most entertaining concert… they both interacted very well with the audience. Hilariously performed… a brilliant accompanist… the whole concert was most enjoyable.' - The Hawick Paper, recital for Hawick Music Club
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.
'An object lesson in period performance... Aimee Toshney excelled in the straight soprano role of Romilda.' - Robert Beale, Manchester Evening News, Serse
'Aimee Toshney was a vibrant Susanna, with a clear voice and an obvious stage presence.' - TyneOut Magazine, The Marriage of Figaro
'Aimee Toshney sang a captivatingly fresh and sweet Zerlina.' - Louise Schweitzer, The Brighton Argus, Don Giovanni
'Aimee Toshney’s Zerlina - charmingly gullible, wickedly taken advantage of - produced a real treat with her two main arias. Just a fraction edgy and loud, yet also luscious and enchanting.' - Roderick Dunnet, Behind the Arras, Don Giovanni
'No fewer than 44 solo parts are listed...the quality of singing and acting is consistently, inspiringly high.' - Andrew Clark, The Financial Times, Paul Bunyan
'The performance had a delightful freshness...the singing was altogether excellent...the Dido of Aimee Toshney was dominant, as she should be, a beautifully smooth, lyrical voice, with a nice dramatic bite when required.' - Opera Scotland, Dido and Aeneas
'Aimee Toshney had the audience on the edge of their seats...she portrayed her feisty and disagreeable character in a remarkable manner.' - Catherine Hunter, The Ayr Advertiser, La Bohème
'Huddersfield wowed by performance at town hall... Aimee Toshney in the title role sang and acted very well and her final rejection of Don José was done with heartless panache.' - William Marshall, Huddersfield Examiner, Carmen
As an oratorio soloist she has performed Bach's B Minor Mass, Johannes-Passion, and cantatas 39 and 127, Beethoven's Mass in D and Mass in C, the Brahms Requiem, Mendelssohn's Elijah and Symphony No. 2 ('Lobgesang'), Handel's Messiah and Dixit Dominus, Haydn's Nelson Mass and The Creation, Jenkins' The Armed Man, Mozart's Requiem, Dominicus Messe, Spatzenmesse, and Coronation Mass, Rutter's Magnificat, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, and Vivaldi's 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 Cage Uncaged (RNCM) and 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).
'It was just brilliant having you with us at the weekend. You were so responsive, musical, flamboyant and it was a real joy to be in front, conducting you. As I said, I loved the focus of your voice, and well done you for being so game to go for those runs at the speeds we were taking it, especially on Sunday!' - Marion Dodd - Roxburgh Singers, formerly BBC Singers
'From the very beginning of the performance there was a special sense of atmosphere, matching the events of the gospel story as we journeyed through it...soprano Aimee Toshney shared with us the deepest of emotions, singing the part of Mary, the mother of Jesus, after seeing him die.' - www.congletonchoralsociety.org.uk
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 (in venues including the British High Commission in Canberra and Auckland Town Hall, New Zealand), performed for Burns Night and as part of the Alloway Sessions 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.
'What a terrific night of entertainment at our last Burns Supper in the Glasgow Art Club in Feb 2016, which was made perfect with songs from a superb soprano Aimee Toshney. The feedback we got from our patrons was fantastic and I would not hesitate to book her again. Aimee gives a real depth of feeling to any of Robert Burns’s songs. It is a must to get her to sing 'Oh Whistle', a song which she completely owns. Her sparkling performances will delight any audience.' - David Vennard, Glasgow Haggis Club (rebooked 2017 - 2020)
Aimee has been performing for weddings and funerals since the age of sixteen and is always delighted to be asked to be part of these significant events in people's lives. With over fifteen years' worth of experience she has developed a wide repertoire and is happy to make suggestions or to learn favourite pieces, including at short notice. Prices start at £125 plus travel expenses - please get in touch for further information.
'Thank you so much for singing at our wedding. You did an absolutely wonderful job and people still haven't stopped complimenting you. You brought quite a few tears to our family's eyes!' - Clare and Ryan McCallum, Ayr
‘We could not have been more pleased with Aimee’s performance at our wedding. Her contribution went well beyond our expectations both musically and professionally. The repertoire – Strauss’ ‘Morgen’, Hahn’s ‘A Chloris', and Britten’s setting of Auden’s ‘O tell me the truth about love’, was exacting and displayed not only Aimee’s gifts but her versatility. Her truly gorgeous legato line in the Hahn was stunning and a subsequent performance we heard on Radio 3 paled in comparison. Our guests were equally delighted with, and moved by, Aimee’s singing. If you have an opportunity to book her, take it.’ - Mark and Gaynor Scrivenger, Liverpool
'I can't thank you enough for adding something special to our wedding day. Having you sing 'Red Red Rose' during our ceremony was truly wonderful and so many of our guests are still talking about it!!' - Kingsleigh and George Mitchell, Prestwick
'Having Aimee sing at our wedding ceremony was truly wonderful. She gave a gorgeous rendition of the Spanish hymn 'Pescador de Hombres' (Lord you have come to the seashore). Aimee learned the hymn for the occasion and collaborated with the organist on the day of the wedding. Aimee's knowledge of Spanish, her professionalism, her love of music, and her amazing vocal talent truly shone through. This all resulted in an unforgettable and stunning hymn. It was the perfect accompaniment as we signed our marriage schedule. We have received many compliments from our guests on her beautiful voice. We were absolutely delighted and would highly recommend her!' - Marie-Clare and Lewis MacAskill
'I was asked to obtain the services of a soprano to sing at the Requiem Mass of a well known and loved member of our local catholic church and Aimee was recommended. From our first contact through to the day itself, Aimee's understanding of the situation and what the family required was more than we could have asked for. Her voice on the day added a serene accompaniment to a sad day and lifted all who were present; I wish this could happen at every funeral we looked after.' - John Wild, Director, Jonathan Alcock and Sons Funeral Directors, Cheadle
'I was so very pleased with how the funeral service went on Thursday for my husband Robert. Your performance singing the Pie Jesu was absolutely beautiful and was a massive contribution to making the service as perfect as it could be, to the extent that other people said they got goosebumps. I believe it was a highlight of the service for many as I received lots of complimentary comments about your performance. I for one, am truly grateful.' - Lesley Cook, Manchester