Lorna is a postgraduate mezzo-soprano under the tutelage of Jane Irwin at the Royal Northern College of Music, generously supported by the Alice Orrell and A&N Kendall Award and Help Musicians. She graduated with a first class BMus (hons) degree from the RNCM in 2019. Whilst at the RNCM, she has won the RNCM Elsie Thurston Prize, was a finalist in the Kennedy Strauss Award and was highly commended in the Frost/Brownson Song Cycle Competition.
Lorna's operatic roles at the RNCM include Suora infermiera (Puccini Suor Angelica), Esther (Adam Gorb The Path to Heaven - world premiere), Dritte Knabe (Mozart Die Zauberflöte - scenes), Louise (Offenbach La Vie Parisienne - scenes) and Shining One (Vaughan-Williams The Pilgrim's Progress - cover). She has also sung with Longborough Festival Opera Chorus in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice.
Lorna is a keen singer on the concert platform: recent solo highlights include Elgar The Music Makers with Stafford Choral Society and Dvořák Stabat Mater with Heswall Choral Society. She performed at Leeds Lieder Festival 2018 and is a member of the RNCM Songsters, with whom she performs regularly with in external concerts and masterclasses. In 2019 she performed a recital of Norwegian song in Bergen.
Lorna also loves choral singing, having sung with many choirs around the UK. She currently sings with Kantos Chamber Choir, the BBC Radio 4 daily service singers and is an Alto Lay Clerk at St Chad’s Oratory and a Deputy Alto Lay Clerk at Manchester Cathedral. She has also sung as a guest singer with the Edvard Grieg Kor in Norway in 2019. Lorna is an alumnus of the 2013 - 2014 Genesis Sixteen programme, run by Harry Christophers and Eamonn Dougan.
The Postgraduate Award from Help Musicians will greatly help to fund my tuition and maintenance costs for my second year of Masters at the RNCM. The invaluable further training from the Masters course, including one-to-one lessons and coaching, stagecraft, opera scenes and access to competitions and masterclasses, will take me closer to my ambition of following a career in singing. This wouldn't be possible without the aid from Help Musicians.