Ellie Neate

Award: Sybil Tutton Award

Year: 2020

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Soprano

Location: Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Website: ellieneate.com

Gloucestershire born soprano Ellie Neate is a scholarship student studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Sarah Pring. After completing her Masters Ellie will join the opera course at GSMD in September.
This year Ellie performed at the Buxton International Festival Gala as a young artist and was cast as cover Galatea in the main Opera Festival/Early Opera Company’s now postponed co-production of Acis and Galatea under the baton of Christian Curnyn. Ellie enjoys contemporary music, and early this year premiered the principal soprano role in Concrete Music by Jonathan Pease. This year she was also selected to represent the Guildhall School by Alisdair Hogarth for a project at Wigmore Hall with the Prince Consort, with Julius Drake and Nicky Spence in a Janáček song cycle which was scheduled to be broadcast live from Wigmore Hall by the BBC, and to sing Prokofiev’s Ugly Duckling in a pre-LSO concert at the Barbican Hall with pianist Cole Knutson.
Ellie has already worked with the GSMD opera department as la Fée in a scene from Cendrillon, cover Peaseblossom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and this term as the Nightingale in a virtual performance of Respighi’s La bella dormente nel bosco. Opera roles (scenes) performed at Guildhall include the Dew Fairy, First Niece (Peter Grimes), Susanna, Blondchen and Zerbinetta. Other highlights include John Adams’ Grand Pianola Music with the UBU ensemble and Carmina Burana with Simon Halsey and the LSC.
Ellie is looking forward to taking part in the Performance Arts Lab Online Summer School, recording oratorio arias in an upcoming project with Oxford Oratorio, and performing in the finals of the Susan Longfield prize and the Sir Anthony Lewis Memorial prize.
Ellie’s studies on the opera course are generously supported by the Guildhall School and Help Musicians UK as a Sybil Tutton Opera Award holder.
Ellie Neate says “I am very excited about my future and extremely grateful to Help Musicians. Their support has made a huge difference to me and will enable me to take up my place on the opera course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, to immerse myself in all it has to offer and to make the most of all the opportunities coming my way. During the first year I will have the chance to really hone my skills as a musician and performer through lessons, coachings, movement and stagecraft sessions, and - what I’m looking forward to more than anything! - staged opera scenes. I also cannot wait for the Opera Makers project next summer term, where Guildhall composers and librettists collaborate on new opera scenes written especially for the first-year cohort. Through the exceptional and individual training I will receive on this course, I look forward to liberating my singing and learning how to build distinctive, industry-standard performances. Thank you again to Help Musicians for your support as I take this exciting next step in my singing career”.