Described as delivering “energetic and charming performances”, the Morris-Begg Duo of Ross Morris (guitar) and Ines Mayhew-Begg (soprano) began working together in 2019 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.They aim to bring a freshness to their programmes through their own unique arrangements and commissions. From Renaissance lute music to flamenco-inspired songs from Spain, the concert will feature a wide range of styles and periods and will include some of their own arrangements, bringing a fresh approach to some of the most loved repertoire for the voice.
The duo has already brought their shared enjoyment of the intimate and expressive nature of voice and guitar to a wide variety of audiences such as ‘Live Music Now Scotland Artists’ and ‘International Guitar Foundation Young Artists’, including performances at such prestigious venues as the National Gallery of Scotland, the National Museum of Scotland, St Giles Cathedral, Bristol Cathedral and London’s Kings Place.
“Ines and Ross had a great connection together as a duo and won the audience over with their energetic and charming performance. They presented a wonderfully varied programme which was full of different characters and stories, with beautiful renaissance lute music and new lieder transcriptions for guitar set alongside passionate and comedic Spanish folk songs.”
Ross is considered as “one of the most exciting of the new generation of British classical guitarists” and has been described as playing with “outstanding technique and subtle nuance.” He has performed extensively across the UK as a soloist and toured with Glyndebourne Opera in 2021. As a chamber musician he is a member of Quartet Malamatina who performed at the UN Climate Conference, toured the UK and Canada in 2023 and performed live for the BBC. He teaches guitar and musicianship at the University of St Andrews.
Ines is a Scottish soprano, with a Master in Vocal Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In 2022, she made her German debut as Adele in Lyric Opera Studio Weimar’s Production of Die Fledermaus and in the summer of 2023 she toured with Opera Bohemia as Kate in Madame Butterfly and was regarded as “both vocally and visually very persuasive” by Edinburgh Music Review. She has performed several solo roles for Scottish Opera Young Company and her performance as Amore received praise for having “confidence, consistency and fluency” by Andrew Clark in Opera Magazine. Ines has a keen interest in early music and is the founder and director of the Avra Baroque Ensemble. Alongside performing, Ines is a proud Benedetti Foundation Creative Learning Ambassador and a keen advocate and spokesperson for the Fair Access to music scheme, regularly giving interactive performances and workshops for community music projects.