The Project

While learning Schumann’s Maria Stuart Lieder with pianist Malcolm Martineau, OBE Louise became fascinated by this iconic Scottish queen and started to research Mary’s letters and poetry, separating fact from fiction. The newly commissioned works by top composers reflect aspects of Mary’s life from her own diaries.

Louise Macdonald

Louise Macdonald won the Young Singers’ Messiah Competition, performing in Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, then sang throughout Europe. Recently,she sang Brahms’ song for alto and viola with Malcolm Martineau, OBE and Scott Dickenson at the RCS. She is delighted to be performing at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe with pianist Ingrid Sawers.

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“This innovative creation is not only a faithful tribute to Mary Queen of Scots, but in the hands of Macdonald and Sawer a work of exquisite beauty.”

Read the full 5 star review here:

Mary, Queen of Scots

Richard Beck

“She impressed all by the beauty of her voice and her total commitment to everything she sings.” Malcolm Martineau, OBE

“What a ravishing and well-controlled voice…simple but moving…she presented her songs superbly.” Dunoon Observer and Argyllshire Standard

“I was excited to attend the world premier of Mary, Queen of Scots as part of Glasgow’s West End Festival.

The performance surpassed all expectations – the atmosphere and the emotion throughout the entire evening was incredible. Louise Macdonald is an inspirational and driven lady, and her performance of this original production – Mary, Queen of Scots – was very special.

It was delivered with great power, poise and solemnity to a packed audience in The Mackintosh Church. The depth of expression in Louise’s singing and the powerful accompaniment seemed to open a door into the past.

Mary’s story was “retold” in a compassionate yet bold performance, although it magically felt as though we were hearing the story for the very first time.

Mary, Queen of Scots is a work that would be both critically and popularly successful if it was to tour globally, and would be a tremendous addition to Scotland’s cultural repertoire. If it were to play again in Scotland I would certainly go and enjoy it all over again.”

Marion McGunnigle,, Forever Scottish Weddings

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