Biography

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“a superb mezzo” “astonishingly rich” “warm and direct”

"a distinguished finalist in the Mary Garden International Singing Competition”

"From the Vivaldi bel canto aria that opened the recital to the arrestingly odd imagery of the songs by Satie and a marvellous rendition of five French songs by Britten, Sally Garden paid a worthy tribute to her namesake, Mary Garden”

“Francis George Scott’s setting of Hugh MacDiarmid’s ‘The man in the moon’ sung so persuasively and exquisitely as this, seemed the equal of anything by Hugo Wolf”

Sally Garden (mezzo-soprano) was born in Angus, north east Scotland. She is currently Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Scandinavian Studies, University of Aberdeen. Her recital and research career encompasses international collaborative work, festival appearances, concert promotion, publishing, editing, new media work, and composition.

Sally was educated at the Universities of Aberdeen, Heriot-Watt, and also Edinburgh where she gained her doctoral degree in music. After initial vocal studies at NESMS (Aberdeen), and an appearance as finalist in the Mary Garden International Prize, she was fortunate to be able to continue her studies with the distinguished Italian mezzo Laura Sarti.

After several years working in business, Sally turned to music full-time in 2002 with a research appointment at the University of Glasgow. In 2003 she was appointed Historical Musician in Residence at the Wighton Heritage Centre, Dundee, where she directed a 3-year programme of events to unfold one of Scotland’s finest music archives.

In recent years Sally has completed a variety of research commissions and working freelance, has been able to devote more time to her distinctive recital work. She has also travelled by special invitation to Norway and Germany to develop her work on Edvard Grieg.