The Scottish soprano, Lorna Anderson, studied with Patricia MacMahon at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and excelled, winning several awards. In 1984, she won First Prize in the Peter Pears and Royal Overseas League Competitions and in 1986 won the most highly regarded English vocal award, the Purcell-Britten Prize for Concert Singers.
Lorna Anderson has appeared in opera, concert and recital with major orchestras and festivals throughout Europe and elsewhere. As a renowned performer of the Baroque repertoire she has sung with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Les Arts Florissants, The Sixteen, The English Concert, St. James Baroque Players, London Baroque, Collegium Musicum 90, The King’s Consort, London Classical Players, La Chapelle Royale and The Academy of Ancient Music under conductors which include Ivor Bolton, William Christie, Harry Christophers, Richard Egarr, Philippe Herreweghe, Richard Hickox, Christopher Hogwood, Robert King, Charles Mackerras, Nicholas McGegan, Roger Norrington and Andrew Parrott..
In opera Lorna Anderson has a particular interest in early opera. She has sung Morgana in George Frideric Handel's Alcina at the Halle Handel Festival, Sevilla in Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito with the Royal Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra, G.F. Handel's Theodora with Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Riccardo Primo at the Göttingen 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.
Lorna Anderson has also established an important reputation in the standard concert repertoire, having sung with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, The Bach Choir, London Mozart Players, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Camerata Orchestra Jerusalem, RAI Turin (Les Noces), New World Symphony in Miami, Houston Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra (Washington), Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain under Pierre Boulez, London Sinfonietta under Sir Simon Rattle, Residentie Orkest Den Haag, Kammerchor Stuttgart and at the Salzburg, Edinburgh and Aldeburgh Festivals among others. She has recently toured in France, South America, Libya and China with The Academy of Ancient Music.
Her numerous recordings include: The Fairy Queen under Harry Christophers, Haydn Masses under Richard Hickox, a disc of Portuguese love songs and for Hyperion she has recorded Benjamin Britten Folksong settings with Malcolm Martineau, G.F. Handel’s L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato with Robert King and is an artist on Graham Johnson’s Complete Schubert Edition. Recent releases include part of a long term project to perform and record all of Haydn’s Scottish song arrangements for voice and piano trio with Haydn Trio Eisenstadt. The fifth and final set of discs were released in 2008 as a prelude to the bicentenary celebrations of both Haydn and Robert Burns when performances were given throughout the year in Europe as well as New York and Washington. Most recently, a recording of Lament for Mary Queen of Scots which was commissioned from James MacMillan, has been released and Lorna Anderson is also part of the complete Francis Poulenc song cycle, with Malcolm Martineau. .