Vanessa Williamson

Vanessa Williamson studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester,  and won prizes for opera, Lieder, French and English Song. She was also awarded the Curtis Gold Medal.  Vanessa remains the only singer to have graduated with a first-class honours degree and a distinction in the performers’ diploma.  She has an extensive concert and oratorio repertoire which encompasses familiar and less familiar works from the early Baroque to the present and has been a soloist with many major orchestras including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony and the Bournemouth Symphony.

A popular soloist with choral societies throughout Britain, Vanessa sings regularly in major venues and has performed at many summer music festivals including the Three Choirs Festival, Bath, Cheltenham and Chester.  Vanessa often performs throughout Europe. With Pro Cantione Antiqua, singing the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, she has toured in Poland, France and Italy. She has travelled throughout Israel on a tour with the Israel Camerata and sang the Verdi Requiem at the Church of the Madeleine in Paris.

She is a soloist on a CD of Messiah on the Carlton label and also on a disc of Haydn choral works for Meridian. Recent CD releases include songs by Douglas Steele on the Campion label.  Vanessa also performs with the well-known Kegelstatt Trio in concerts with viola and clarinet. At the Purcell Room they premiered Voices in the Tide, a specially commissioned work by Paul Drayton.  Recent concerts have included Judas Maccabaeus, performances of Beethoven’s Choral Symphony, The Dream of Gerontius and a recital at Eaton Hall, the private home of the Duke of Westminster. Vanessa has been a soloist with The Really Big Chorus on two previous occasions, at the Royal Albert Hall (Verdi Requiem) and in Beijing (Messiah).

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