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 postgraduate mezzo soprano under the tutelage of Jane Irwin at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, 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. She has won the German Lieder, English Song and Vocal Recital categories at the Alderley Edge Music Festival and the RNCM Elsie Thurston Prize. She was also a finalist in the Kennedy Strauss Award 2019 and was highly commended in the Frost/Brownson Song Cycle Prize 2020.
Lorna's operatic roles at the RNCM include Suora infermiera in Puccini's Suor Angelica, Esther in the world premiere of Adam Gorb's The Path to Heaven, Woodpecker in Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen, Shining One in Vaughan-Williams' The Pilgrim's Progress (cover), Dritte Dame and Dritte Knabe in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (scenes) and Louise in Offenbach's La Vie Parisienne (scenes). She has also sung with Longborough Festival Opera Chorus in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice and the RNCM Opera Chorus in Offenbach's La Vie Parisienne and Handel's Theodora.
On the concert platform, Lorna has performed in many works; highlights including Elgar's Music Makers, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Requiem, Duruflé’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Bach’s B Minor Mass, Bach's Magnificat, Dvořák's Stabat Mater and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. In 2018, Lorna sang at Leeds Lieder Festival as part of the composers and poets forum. She is also a member of the RNCM Songsters, and performs regularly in external concerts and masterclasses. In 2019 she performed in a recital of Norwegian song in Bergen. Her covid-19 lockdown activites in 2020/2021 included recording all alto parts and solos of Bach's St John Passion and solos for Rossini's Petite messe solennelle for The Self Isolation Choir, and alto parts and solos for Vivaldi's Gloria and Gjeilo's Sunrise Mass for Stafford Choral Society - both directed by Ellie Slorach.
Lorna has extensive choral experience, 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 also sang 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 from The Sixteen.
Alongside her studies at the RNCM, 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.