A 'warmly expressive' (The Guardian) and 'exquisite' singer (BBC Radio 3), Amy Lyddon studied with Rosa Mannion at the Royal College of Music as an RCM Award Holder and H R Taylor Trust Scholar, graduating with a Masters with Distinction. A former chorister at Bath Abbey and pupil of the Junior Royal Academy of Music, Amy Lyddon was a Choral Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge, from where she graduated with first-class honours in Linguistics with French and Spanish.
Concert engagements have included Bach's St Matthew Passion for the Academy of Ancient Music and for Florilegium, Handel's Messiah for the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, Vivaldi's Gloria and Mozart's Requiem with the London Mozart Players, Bach's Magnificat for Oxford Baroque at St John's Smith Square, and Mozart's C Minor Mass at St Martin-in-the-Fields. Amy has performed at the Wigmore Hall with The Dunedin Consort, and features on their recent recording of Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata Vergine. She sang Alto (Octet) in Mark Simpson's The Immortal (London première) for BBC Proms 2017 at the Royal Albert Hall. Future concerts include Handel's Messiah for the Aldeburgh Music Club at Snape Maltings and Schubert's Mass in E Flat for the London Concert Choir at Cadogan Hall.
Previous operatic roles include Pastuchyna/Jenufa for Grange Park Opera in their inaugural season at West Horsley Place, Nancy/Albert Herring at Opera Holland Park and on UK tour for Shadwell Opera, Nicklausse (cover)/The Tales of Hoffmann for English Touring Opera, Gertrud/Hänsel und Gretel and Mrs Herring/Albert Herring for the Royal College of Music International Opera School, Cherubino/Le nozze di Figaro, Hermia/A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Angelo Custode/Rappresentatione di anima et di corpo. Amy sang Vocal Quartet (Tenebrae) in Joby Talbot's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (the ballet) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. She has performed in public masterclasses with Sarah Connolly, Simon Keenlyside and Patricia Bardon. As an Opera Prelude Young Artist, Amy will sing in a masterclass with Stuart Skelton later this year. This autumn, she will perform the role of Dorabella/Così fan tutte for Devon Opera at The Great Hall, Dartington.
Recent song engagements have included a performance of Brahms' Liebeslieder-Walzer at the RCM in collaboration with the Wigmore Hall and Ravel's Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé with chamber orchestra. In recital, Amy has been engaged by the Ryedale Festival and the Incorporated Association of Organists, and took part in the Oxford Lieder Festival Master Course 2012. An advocate of contemporary music, Amy recently performed in the premières of three new works at the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival.
Amy is very grateful for previous support from The Kathleen Trust, The Mario Lanza Educational Foundation, and The Josephine Baker Trust.
Photographer: Joseph Ford Thompson