Marion Ramsay has built a reputation as an excellent musician and has performed with many acclaimed choral societies across the United Kingdom.
Originally from the Island of Islay, Marion was awarded a Diploma in Western Music from Leeds College of Music (1999), a Bachelor of Music (Hons) from Napier University (2003) and also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Concert Singing (2008) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Opera Studies (2009) from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
Awards that Marion has received include First Place in the Lieder Competition at the 94th Glasgow Music Festival, First Place in the Lieder Competition and Second Place in the Oratorio Class at the 95th Glasgow Music Festival and most recently was awarded Second Place in the Hugh S Roberton Scottish Song Competition at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2008.
She has also taken part in Masterclasses given by Malcolm Martineau, Paul Hamburger, Mary Hammond, Karen Cargill, Patricia MacMahon, April Cantelo, Richard Jackson and Mary Hill.
Marion has performed Pergolesi's Stabat Mater (with Leeds College of Music), Bach's St Matthew Passion and Britten's A Ceremony of Carols (with the Edinburgh Bach Choir) Britten's Hymn to St Cecilia, Mozart's Coronation Mass, Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb and Handel's Messiah (with St. Helen's Choral Society), Haydn's Nelson Mass (with the Kilmallie Singers), Elgar's Music Makers (with the Manchester Philharmonic Choir) Mendelssohn's Elijah and Bach's St. John Passion (with the Alnwick and District Choral Society) Mozart's Requiem and Haydn's Nelson Mass (with the Penrith Singers) and mot recently with the Helensburgh Oratorio Choir in Haydn's Nelson Mass. Future choral engagements include Handel's Messiah (with St. Helen's Choral Society) and Bach's St Matthew Passion (with the Edinburgh Bach Choir).
In 2009 Marion was very privileged to be asked to take part as soloist in the UK Premiere of Carl Wiltse's Requiem to critical acclaim.
Opera productions for The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama include Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin (chorus), Mozart's Cosi fan tutte (chorus), Poulenc's The Dialogues of the Carmelites (Mother Jeanne), Weill's Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Girl of Mahagonny) at the Edinburgh International Festival and Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges (Tetes Vide).
Opera scenes for The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama include Hansel and Gretel (The Mother), Serse (Xerxes) (Arsamenes) and Falstaff (Meg), The Marriage of Figaro (Marcellina), Carmen (Carmen) and The Rape of Lucretia (Bianca). Orfeo and Euridice (Orfeo) for Leeds College of Music.
Previous to studying at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama Marion appeared with Edinburgh Opera Camerata in Dido and Aeneas (2nd Witch) and The Magic Flute (3rd Genie), with The Old St. Paul's Reduced Opera Company in Mikado (Pitti Sing) and with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Edinburgh in Princess Ida (Melissa).
© Marion Ramsay
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