Lorna Anderson was born in Glasgow and studied at the RSAMD with Patricia MacMahon before winning a postgraduate scholarship to the RCM. While still a student, she won a number of awards and competitions including the Peter Pears and Royal Overseas League competitions and the Purcell-Britten Prize for Concert Singers and has gone on to enjoy a busy and varied career, appearing in opera, concert and as a recitalist all over the world. Her most recent performances include concerts with Trio van Beethoven in Germany to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year and a recital of 20th/21st century Scottish music with Malcolm Martineau for the BBC as part of their Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts series, in October 2020. In January 2023 Lorna will be performing in recital again with Malcolm for the Oban Music Society.
As a renowned performer of the baroque and classical repertoire in particular, she has sung as a soloist with all the major orchestras and ensembles, large and small, in the field including The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Les Arts Florissants, The Sixteen, The English Concert, St. James Baroque, London Baroque, Collegium Musicum 90, The King’s Consort, The London Classical Players, La Chapelle Royale and the Academy of Ancient Music under conductors which include Robert King, William Christie, Harry Christophers, Trevor Pinnock, Phillippe Herrweghe, Richard Hickox, Richard Egarr and Sir Charles Mackerras. Lorna has also established an important reputation in the wider concert repertoire, having sung with the BBC Orchestras, the Bach Choir, the London Mozart Players, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, RAI Turin (Les Noces), New World Symphony in Miami, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble InterContemporain under Pierre Boulez, London Sinfonietta under Sir Simon Rattle and at the Salzburg and Edinburgh Festivals amongst a host of others.
On the operatic stage, she has sung Morgana Alcina at the Halle Handel Festival, Servilia La Clemenza di Tito with the Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra, the title role in Handel’s Theodora with Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Handel’s Riccardo Primo at the Gottingen Festival with Nicholas McGegan, Purcell’s The Fairy Queen with the English Concert and Monteverdi’s Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda with Netherlands Opera which was also filmed. In 2019, she premiered the role of Joanna in Robin Hood for The Opera Story in London.
Her numerous recordings include The Fairy Queen under Harry Christophers, Haydn Masses under Richard Hickox, a disc of Portuguese Love Songs with the Apollo Chamber Orchestra and for Hyperion she has recorded Britten Folksong settings with Malcolm Martineau, Handel’s L’Allegro with Robert King and is an artist on Graham Johnson’s complete Schubert Edition. She was involved for a number of years leading up to Haydn’s bicentenary, in a unique international project to publish, perform and record all 329 of the composer’s (mainly Scottish) folksong arrangements, accompanied by piano trio Haydn Trio Eisenstadt, the complete edition of which was released in ‘Haydn year’ 2009. On a more contemporary note, she has also recorded James MacMillan’s Lament for Mary Queen of Scots which she also premiered. She is a part of a three disc set of the complete Poulenc songs, accompanied by Malcolm Martineau which has recently been released to critical acclaim and has similarly, recorded a disc of Debussy songs for Hyperion, again accompanied by Malcolm Martineau. She is also part of the complete Fauré song project recently recorded by Signum and features on the recently released ‘Decades’ series, recorded by Vivat.
Lorna teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff and at Oxenfoord International Summer School. In addition, she has been involved in assessing students for scholarship awards, adjudicating festival classes and has acted as external assessor for final recital exams at GSMD and RCS. She has also given numerous masterclasses both in the UK and abroad.
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YouTube playlist includes:
- As with rosy steps the morn, Theodora, Handel (recorded 2021)
- The Wee Man, Francis George Scott (recorded 2021)
“Anderson projects a near-perfect marriage of voice, text and meaning in Les présents.”Gramophone Magazine
“In a rare sequence from a single singer, Lorna Anderson displays outstanding control in a triptych reflecting wounded love.”BBC Music Magazine
“Sung by a jewel-toned Lorna Anderson, she impresses in the tormented emotions and gratifying contours of Les présents, and in the celebratory post-war C’est la paix of 1919.”Opera Today
“Soprano Lorna Anderson has charm and charisma.”BBC Music Magazine