Lisa Swayne

Lisa began her vocal training when she was a teenager and having received a musical scholarship at school, she continued her studies at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where she gained a BMus in musical performance and a diploma in Operatic Studies. At age 16, Lisa also joined the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and attributes much of her musical career through the knowledge she learned and practised on the courses over the years. She is now a freelance musician, living in London and studying with Nan Christie.

Lisa has performed the soprano solo for Handel’s Messiah in Manchester, Newcastle, Carlisle and London, Faure’s Requiem in Edinburgh, Bach’s St John Passion in Edinburgh and Dunblane, Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem in Newcastle, Handel’s Samson with the Ulverston Bach Choir in Cumbria and Carl Orff's Camina Burana with a choral society in her home county of West Sussex. She also sang the female solos for Video Games Live with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and chorus in Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall and performed Graham Hair’s ‘Three Microtonal Songs’ at the International Computer Music Festival in Belfast.

While at the RSAMD Lisa won the Margaret Dick award for singing and recital prizes in the Edinburgh Competition Festival. She also appeared in masterclasses with Malcolme Martineau and Mhairi Lawson. Last year Lisa was the soprano in the operatic quartet for the premier of “The Island of the Bird Men” composed by David P. Graham and Jean Paul Dessi in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis and she was in the chorus for a touring non-staged production of Mozart’s Idomeneo with Kate Royal, Ian Bostridge and Europa Galante which visited Amsterdam, Lisbon and London. In the summer of 2007 Lisa performed in a private performance at the request of Her Majesty The Queen at Balmoral as part of the chamber choir Laudibus.

In the upcoming year Lisa will be performing the solos of Bach’s St John Passion in Carlisle and she will be appearing in the Edinburgh Festival as part of Laudibus to launch a new CD of Scottish choral music. Lisa will also be performing with Grange Park Opera in their 2009 season.