evermair was formed with one goal in mind; to redefine the Scots Song repertoire for contemporary audiences. The singers have performed extensively with companies including Scottish Opera, Opera North and English National Opera and have studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD), Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music and National Opera Studio. Read more about them each below:
Combining professional classical training with genuine Scottish roots, evermair is both distinctive and versatile, presenting lively and exciting performances in a variety of vocal combinations. We want to inspire audiences to be as passionate about Scots Song as we are and continue to support a thriving music scene through live performance.
Marie Claire Breen
Described as “A soprano of rare fluency” (The Daily Mail), Ayrshire born Soprano Marie Claire Breen is a dynamic and vibrant young artist with extensive experience on the operatic and concert platform.
During her years as a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist (2010-12), Marie Claire’s attractive voice and captivating stage presence led to her casting in roles including Vixen The Cunning Little Vixen, Venus Orpheus in the Underworld, Dewman/cover Gretel Hansel and Gretel and Paggio Rigoletto. Other operatic roles include Adina L’Elisir D’amore, Musetta La bohème, Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro, Najade Ariadne auf Naxos, Dunyasha War and Peace and Rowan The Little Sweep.
Marie Claire made her BBC Proms debut in 2010 performing Serenade to Music with Donald Runnicles and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Other concert repertory includes Poulenc Gloria, Handel Messiah, and Israel in Egypt, Mozart Mass in C Minor and Requiem, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle and Orff Carmina Burana.
In addition to the established soprano repertoire, Marie Claire is equally at home in creating new works and working with some of Scotland’s most exciting composers. Recent collaborations include creating the role of Miss Austin in The Elephant Angel by Gareth Williams and Tantallon! These Lands This Wall by William Sweeney with the Red Note Ensemble.
Marie Claire is a musician with Live Music Now and is a founder member of the Seraphim Ensemble with Pianist Christopher Baxter and Trumpeter Andrew Connell-Smith. She is also vocal tutor and creative team member of Breath Cycle – a Cystic Fibrosis Opera Project. Future engagements include the role of Mercedes with Scottish Opera and creating a role in NOISE Opera’s new opera Hirda.
Mezzo-soprano, Laura from Glasgow, obtained a first class BMus from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and a PGDip Opera from the Royal Academy of Music, London. She is an alumna of the Britten Pears School and English National Opera’s Baylis Programme.
Having worked for English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Diva Opera, Classical Opera Company and Opera North among others, her operatic roles include Rosina; Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Cherubino; Le Nozze di Figaro, Hänsel; Hänsel und Gretel and Nancy; Albert Herring. Whilst at the RAM she also created the role of The Doctor in the world premiere of Kommilitonen (Sir Peter Maxwell Davies).
Laura is equally at home on the concert and oratorio platforms, having performed at many prestigious venues including St Martins in the Fields, St John’s Smith Square, The Queen Elizabeth Hall and Canterbury Cathedral.
Her love for Scots song is at the root of her love for singing. She began as a child, singing at Burns suppers at the local Burns Club of which her Papa was a proud member. Whilst studying at the RSAMD she went on to win both the Hugh S Roberton Award and George McVicar Memorial for both traditional and modern Scots song. Since then she has become a regular recitalist at London’s Caledonian Club and embraces every opportunity to promote Scots song, having performed some of her favourites as far afield as Japan!
Edinburgh-born tenor, Warren Gillespie, studied with Stephen Robertson at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) where he won the Norma Greig French Song Prize. Whilst studying at the prestigious Alexander Gibson Opera School his roles included Albert in Britten’s Albert Herring, Don Basilio in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and the Schoolmaster in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, a collaboration with Scottish Opera.
A keen oratorio soloist and recital singer Warren has performed with many Choral Societies and Music Clubs, highlights include Handel’s Messiah at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh and Mendelssohn’s Elijah at the Stirling Albert Halls. In 2010 Warren made his BBC Proms solo debut in the Albert Hall under Donald Runnicles with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Serenade to Music.
Warren currently works at Opera North and recently sang tenor famigliari in Tim Albery’s critically acclaimed production of The Coronation of Poppea conducted by Lawrence Cummings. He has also sung the role of Albazar in Garsington Opera’s Il turco in Italia conducted by David Parry. As a founding member of evermair, Warren looks forward to bringing a new canon of Scots song to audiences across Scotland.
Ross McInroy, Bass from Arbroath, is currently based in Leeds where he works with Opera North, most recently appearing as Maestro Spinelloccio in their production of Gianni Schicchi. As a former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist and trainee at the National Opera Studio, London, he is grateful to the Friends of Covent Garden, the Scottish Opera Endowment Trust, Robertson Trust and Dewar Arts Awards for their generous patronage.
Ross graduated from the Royal College of Music International Opera School (Artist Diploma in Opera) and the Royal Academy of Music (DipRAM Opera distinction) where he was awarded the Dorothy Pattinson Prize and Adah Rogalsky Scholarship. He began his studies at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) gaining BMus Hons, the Governors Recital Prize, Linn Choir Prize for Scots Song and the Mary D Quant Scholarship. In 2009/10, Ross was a member of English National Opera’s “Opera Works” and made his BBC Proms debut with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Donald Runnicles.
Ross is a keen supporter of Scots song and has performed in recitals across the UK, including Glamis Castle, Angus and the Caledonian Club, London. His passion for both traditional and modern settings of Scots song and poetry has led him to pursue opportunities to promote Scots song in its many guises and languages. He is currently looking into settings of Robert Burns poetry by Russian composers.