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The All Sorts

The All Sorts

Such a stylish and talented group coupling their wonderful voices with a flair for entertainment. It was a varied and interesting musical programme and the arrangements were brilliant. A superb night's entertainment all round.

Cove Burgh Hall

Very varied, something for everyone and of an excellent standard. Something different!

Susanne Lloyd-Jones, Music in Thurso

Quartet - Vocal


  • Barbara Cole Walton - Soprano
  • Sarah Shorter - Mezzo Soprano
  • Grace Wain - Mezzo Soprano
  • Jane Monari - Contralto
  • Sarah Power - Soprano
  • Heather Ireson - Mezzo Soprano
  • Emma Walton - Soprano/Mezzo


Opera to Motown, Lieder to Disney!

Classical: The Pearl Fishers Duet/Bizet, Va! Laisse couler mes larmes/Massenet, Les filles de Cadix/Delibes, Le secret/Fauré, Silent Noon/Vaughan Williams, Summertime/Gershwin, Sing for your supper/Rogers and Hart, The Sun Whose Rays/Sullivan

Popular: And So It Goes, Dream a Little Dream of Me, Fly Me to the Moon, Mister Sandman, Moon River, Old Fashioned Millionaire, One Fine Day, Over the Rainbow

Traditional: Flow Gently Sweet Afton, In Praise of Islay

Disney: Beauty and the Beast, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Under the Sea


A 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.

So that they are always available for concerts, they've expanded their pool of singers to seven.

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 now works as a freelance opera singer while moonlighting as the one who does the high notes for The All Sorts.

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 founded The All Sorts so that she could fulfil her lifetime ambition of singing tenor professionally.

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 works abroad performing roles. Since forming The All Sorts, Grace has found great fulfilment in (sometimes) being allowed to sing the tune.

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 has 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. She loves singing the accompanying bass part as she rarely has to remember any words!

Dublin-born soprano Sarah Power studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and the Guildhall and National Opera Studio in London before moving to Glasgow to work for Scottish Opera as an Emerging Artist.

Scottish mezzo-soprano Heather Ireson studied at the University of Aberdeen and Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music. She was an Associate Artist at Scottish Opera and continues to work regularly with the company.

Vocalist Emma Walton grew up in Cumbria and regularly performs across the UK.