Martha McLorinan

Martha McLorinan

British mezzo-soprano Martha McLorinan was born in Shrewsbury and grew up in the West Country. She trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she held a scholarship with the BBC National Chorus of Wales, won the Margaret Tann Williams Prize, and graduated with first class honours. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the judges' discretionary prize at the Thelma King Award and the ensemble prize at the Royal Over-Seas League. She is a versatile singer and enjoys a varied career of opera, oratorio, consort work, session work and recitals.

Martha has extensive experience on the concert platform across both the UK and Europe. Recent solo engagements include Bach's St.Matthew Passion and St.John Passion at Birmingham Symphony Hall (Ex Cathedra/Jeffrey Skidmore), Handel's Messiah at Birmingham Symphony Hall (CBSO/Simon Halsey), Duruflé's Requiem at Abbatiale Saint-Ouen (Tenebrae/Nigel Short), Vivaldi's Gloria and Bach's Magnificat at St.John's Cathedral, Malta (OAE/James Burton), Rachmaninov's Vespers at Sherborne Abbey (Tenebrae/Nigel Short), and Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes at Kings Place (The Sixteen/Harry Christophers). 2013 saw her sing her first Angel in Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius at Reading Town Hall for Bracknell Choral Society, and her first Verdi Requiem at Tewkesbury Abbey for Stroud Choral Society. Future engagements include returning to Birmingham Symphony Hall to sing Copland's In The Beginning and Massenet's Pie Jesu (Ex Cathedra/Jeffrey Skidmore), and travelling to Ireland to sing the role of Storge in Handel's Jephtha (US Berkshire International Choral Festival/Joseph Cullen).

Martha's operatic roles include The Notary's Wife and Anna (cover) in Strauss's Intermezzo for Buxton Festival Opera, Cretan woman in Mozart's Idomeneo for Opus Opera, Alto 2 soloist in Stockhausen's Mittwoch Aus Licht for the BBC Proms, Lazuli in Chabrier's L'Etoile and Mrs.Nolan in Menotti's The Medium, both for the RWCMD. She has also worked for Opera Holland Park for two seasons as a member of the chorus. Martha has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 singing Third Lady in excepts of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte for Charles Hazelwood's Discovering Music programme. She is looking forward to returning to Buxton Festival Opera this summer to sing the role of Lotinka in Dvorak's The Jacobin.

Martha is also in demand as a consort singer, and frequently sings with numerous groups including Tenebrae, The Sixteen, The Gabrieli Consort, the Choir of the Enlightenment, The BBC Singers, The Tallis Scholars, The Eric Whitacre Singers, The Cambridge Singers, Alamire, Ensemble Plus Ultra, Britten Sinfonia Voices, Exaudi, Stile Antico, Ex Cathedra and the Choir of the English Concert. With these groups and others, she frequently tours both Europe and the United States. Her work with Tenebrae has taken her to The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where she sang in a quartet of female voices for Joby Talbot's ballet Alice in Wonderland.

Martha features on various recordings, and can be heard as a soloist in Alec Roth's Hymn to Gaia on the CD Shared Ground (Ex Cathedra/Jeffrey Skidmore) and in Mass in G Minor on Ralph Vaughan Williams: A Cappella Choral Works (Laudibus/Mike Brewer). She also frequently records with Synergy and London Voices.

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