Liam McNally

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2019

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Voice - Baritone

Location: Guildhall School of Music and Drama


Liam McNally is a 23 year-old Baritone from Manchester.
He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he was the 2019 recipient of the Royal Northern College of Music's Frederic Cox Award, one of the colleges most prestigious prizes. Other awards include both the Brigitte Fassbänder and John Cameron Awards for Lieder, the Alexander Young Prize for Singing and the Chris Petty award for English Song. He was also a finalist in the RNCM’s annual Kennedy Strauss Prize.
Operatically-staged production roles have included John Bunyan in The Pilgrims Progress by Vaughan Williams, Il Notario in Gianni Schicchi, Les Surintendant des Plaisirs in Massenet's Cendrillon, Baron Duophol in La Traviata, solo participation in the RNCM Opera Scenes and chorus work in Handel's Theodora and Weill's Street Scene.
Professionally, Liam played the ‘Second Burgess’ in the Bergen Philharmonic's 2017 production of Peter Grimes, with a repeat performance at the Edinburgh International Festival. His Professional Recital Debut occurred shortly afterwards at the Uppermill Music Festival. Last summer, he joined La Serenissima at Buxton Festival for performances of Brescianello’s Baroque Opera ‘Tisbe’. In 2019, Liam joined the Opera Holland Park chorus for their productions of Manon Lescaut and Un Ballo in Maschera.
Liam’s early musical life featured recordings on two No.1 Classical Albums and an appearance as Papal soloist for Pope Benedict XVI at age 14.
He has accepted a scholarship for Postgraduate study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in September, with tutors Robert Dean and Janice Chapman.
His education has been generously supported by the Oglesby Charitable Trust, John Connell Scholarship, the Mario Lanza Foundation, Kathleen Trust, Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust and Help Musicians UK.