Adam Gorb's The Path to Heaven
“The work ... is framed by touching Hebraic laments from Esther (the mezzo Lorna Day)"
- Martin Dreyer, Opera Magazine
Lorna is a final year postgraduate mezzo-soprano under the tutelage of Jane Irwin at the Royal Northern College of Music, generously supported by the Headley Trust, Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award and the Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust. She graduated with a first class BMus (hons) degree from the RNCM in 2019. Whilst at the RNCM she 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 2020. She also participated in masterclasses with Dame Ann Murray and Ian Partridge CBE.
Lorna's operatic roles at the RNCM include Woodpecker The Cunning Little Vixen, Suora infermiera Suor Angelica, Esther The Path to Heaven (world premiere), Third Boy and Third Lady Die Zauberflöte (scenes), Kate Owen Wingrave (scenes), Louise La Vie Parisienne (scenes) and Shining One The Pilgrim's Progress (cover). She has also performed with Longborough Festival Opera Chorus in Orfeo ed Euridice and the RNCM opera chorus in Theodora and La vie Parisienne.
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. From 2020-2021 she recorded the alto solos and chorus tracks in Bach St John Passion, Rossini Petite messe solennelle and Puccini Messe di gloria for The Self-Isolation Choir. Recently, she has performed in the Composer’s Forum at Leeds Lieder Festival; given a recital of Norwegian song in the Rekstensamlingene in Bergen; and is a member of the RNCM Songsters, with whom she performs regularly with in external concerts and masterclasses, including performing a recital of English song at the English Music Festival.
Lorna also loves choral singing: she sings with Kantos Chamber Choir, the BBC Radio 4 daily service singers, 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, and at the BBC Proms 2019 with the Britten Sinfonia Chorus. Lorna is an alumnus of the Genesis Sixteen programme, run by Harry Christophers and Eamonn Dougan.
In her spare time, Lorna enjoys bouldering, running a small cake business (The Singing Baker UK) and playing the flute. Lorna was principal flute in the Hallé Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Wind Ensemble of Great Britain before commencing her vocal studies at the RNCM.