Karla Grant

Award: Dick Maidment and Peggy Cooper Award

Year: 2020

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Soprano

Location: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Scottish soprano, Karla Grant, is embarking upon her first year on the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's MMus Performance programme for vocal studies, having previously studied on the BMus Performance programme under the tutelage of Wilma MacDougall.

During her time as an undergraduate at the RCS, she was fortunate to have been selected from her year to represent the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland at the Kathleen Ferrier Award for Young Singers in 2017.

Karla is a proud member of the Les Sirènes Female Chamber Choir (2016-). She has also been a keen member of the National Youth Choir of Scotland for eleven years and during that time has had many opportunities to perform at a high level in large choral works. In July 2017 she was honoured to be chosen as a soloist for a live BBC TV Broadcast in commemoration of the Passchendaele Battle in Belgium and most recently, performed Berlioz' Lelio in Carnegie Hall with NYCoS and John Elliot Gardiners Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique.

Her passion for opera led her to be a young artist at the New Generation Festival in Florence during the summers of 2017 and 2019, performing in the chorus of Donizetti's opera 'L'Elisir d'amore' and Mozart's 'Le nozze di Figaro'.

This year Karla was delighted to have been selected to be part of the Associate Artist Programme with international mezzo-soprano, Karen Cargill at the RCS. Most recently, Karla appeared as the soprano soloist in Vivaldi's Gloria and Faure's requiem with the Bearsden Choir, conducted by Andrew Nunn.

Help Musicians Dick Maidment and Peggy Cooper Award.
I am immensely grateful to be awarded for the Dick Maidment and Peggy Cooper Award by Help Musicians. This allows me to commence my MMus vocal studies in September with more financial confidence, knowing that I am being supported by the wonderful organisation that is Help Musicians, which will allow me to move forward to the next stage of my career plans.