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Martha McLorinan

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Martha McLorinan: Voice, James Sherlock: Piano

Martha McLorinan

Mezzo Soprano

"splendidly showcased"  (The Times)

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. Highlights 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 (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Simon Halsey) and at Cadogan Hall (English Chamber Orchestra/Nigel Short), Duruflé’s Requiem at Abbatiale Saint-Ouen (Tenebrae/Nigel Short), Vivaldi’s Gloria and Bach’s Magnificat at St John’s Cathedral, Malta (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/James Burton), Rachmaninov’s Vespers at Sherborne Abbey (Tenebrae/Nigel Short), Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes at Kings Place (The Sixteen/Harry Christophers), and Handel’s Jephtha (Storge) in Maynooth, Ireland (US Berkshire International Choral Festival/Joseph Cullen). She recently returned to Symphony Hall as a soloist to sing Copland’s In The Beginning, Massenet’s Pie Jesu  and a reimagining of Duruflé‘s Requiem with Ex Cathedra and Canadian dance company Cas Public.  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 the alto one arias in Bach’s St.Matthew Passion with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Ex Cathedra, and Vivaldi’s Gloria with Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Players.

Martha’s operatic roles include The Notary’s Wife and Anna (cover) in Strauss’s Intermezzo and Lotinka in Dvorak’s The Jacobin for Buxton Festival Opera, Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte for Opus Opera, Alto 2 soloist in Stockhausen’s Mittwoch Aus Licht for the BBC Proms, Tenth Ewe in Birtwistle’s Yan Tan Tethera for Britten Sinfonia, 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 excerpts of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte for Charles Hazelwood’s Discovering Music programme. Future plans include singing the role of Second Witch in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Wigmore Hall (Tenebrae/Trevor Pinnock), and playing Mrs Noye in Britten’s Noye’s Fludde in 2016.

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, The King’s Consort, The Taverner Consort, Electric Vocals 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 recently toured Betrayal: A Polyphonic Crime Drama with I Fagiolini.

Martha features on various recordings, and can be heard as a soloist in Alec Roth’s Hymn to Gaia (Shared Ground, Ex Cathedra/Jeffrey Skidmore) Paul Mealor’s Salvator Mundi (A Tender Light, Tenebrae/Nigel Short), Gorczycki’s Conductus Funebris and Litania de Providentia Divina (Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki, The Sixteen/Eamonn Dougan) and in Mass in G Minor (Ralph Vaughan Williams: A Cappella Choral Works, Laudibus/Mike Brewer). She recently recorded the alto solos in Garcia’s Missa Pastoril with Ex Cathedra for release in Autumn 2015, and recorded solos in Daniel Lesur’s Cantique des cantiques and Jean Francaix’s Ode a la gastronomie with I Fagiolini. Martha also frequently records with both Synergy and London Voices.

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