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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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Edward Robinson Photography

Lorna is a mezzo soprano based in the North West of England. She performs regularly in the chorus of Bergen National Opera (Parsifal, Rusalka, and upcoming in 2024, Die Fledermaus) and has also performed with Longborough Festival Opera (Orfeo ed Euridice). Lorna’s solo concert highlights include Elgar The Music Makers with Stafford Choral Society, Dvořák Stabat Mater with Heswall Choral Society, Mozart Requiem with Furness Bach Choir, Handel Messiah with Amadeus: the Chamber Choir, Jenkins The Armed Man with Cantores Olicanae and Rossini Petite messe solennelle with Chipping Norton Choral Society. Being a keen performer on the concert platform, Lorna has given recitals at the English Music Festival, Wye Valley Music, Rekstensamlingene in Bergen, Leeds Lieder Composer’s Forum, and works regularly with duo partner Olivia Dance. The next recital for the duo is in 2024, presenting a programme based around Madeleine Dring, for Wigan Music Society. 

Lorna is an experienced ensemble singer, and performs and records regularly with several ensembles, including Kantos Chamber Choir, directed by Ellie Slorach, Jervaulx Singers, directed by Charlie Gower-Smith, and the Edvard Grieg Kor in Bergen, directed by Edward Gardner. She recently recorded Delius' Mass of Life with Sir Mark Elder and the Edvard Grieg Kor, Bergen Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra. She was also a member of the BBC Radio 4 daily service singers, and has had various Lay Clerk work around Manchester. Lorna has performed at the BBC Proms 2019 with Britten Sinfonia Chorus and Genesis Sixteen alumni, and at the BBC Proms 2023 with the Edvard Grieg Kor. She is an alumnus of Genesis Sixteen, led by Harry Christophers and Eamonn Dougan.

Lorna studied under the tutelage of Jane Irwin at the Royal Northern College of Music, receiving a First Class BMus (hons) degree and MMus degree with Distinction. She won the RNCM Elsie Thurston Prize, was a finalist in the Kennedy Strauss Award, was highly commended in the Frost/Brownson Song Cycle Competition, and she performed various operatic roles in the RNCM Opera productions during the course of her studies, including Woodpecker The Cunning Little Vixen, Suora infermiera Suor Angelica, Esther The Path to Heaven (world premiere) and various roles in the RNCM Opera Scenes. 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.

​In her spare time, Lorna enjoys bouldering, hiking, 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 at the Cheshire School of Music.

 

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