About Lorna

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
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Lorna is a mezzo soprano recently graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of Jane Irwin, where she graduated with a first class BMus (hons) degree and a MMus with Distinction. Her studies were generously supported by the Alice Orrell and A&N Kendall Award, Headley Trust, Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award, Mario Lanza Educational Foundation and the Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust. 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. She also participated in masterclasses with Dame Ann Murray, Julius Drake 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. She is looking forward to performing in the chorus of Bergen National Opera for their production of Rusalka. 

Lorna is a keen singer on the concert platform: recent solo highlights include Elgar The Music Makers with Stafford Choral Society,  Dvořák Stabat Mater with Heswall Choral Society and Rossini Petite messe sollenelle with Chipping Norton Choral Society. From 2020-2021 she recorded the alto solos and chorus teach-tracks in Bach St John Passion, Rossini Petite messe solennelle and Puccini Messe di gloria for Choir of the Earth. She has performed in the Composer’s Forum at Leeds Lieder Festival; given a recital of Norwegian song in the Rekstensamlingene in Bergen; and performed 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, and has had various Lay Clerk work around Manchester. She also sings as a guest singer with the Edvard Grieg Kor in Norway, and sang 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, making and decorating cakes 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. Lorna currently teaches singing and flute at the Cheshire School of Music.