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Lucy Appleyard (Mezzo-soprano)

Born: Great Ayton, North Yorkshire, England

The English mezzo-soprano, Lucy Appleyard (Lucy Elisabeth Brand), grew up in the North Yorkshire village of Great Ayton where she began her singing career in the Christ Church children's choir Throstle Nest. At age 7 she progressed to the Church Choir where she sang until leaving school. She was taught by Zuilmah Hopkins and won many local awards and prizes including a scholarship from Hambleton District Council for promising young musicians. She went on to study at Leeds College of Music completing an MMUS in 2006. She sang as a soloist for many of the college ensembles her favourite being The New Music Ensemble directed by Graham Hearn. With them she performed works by Morton Feldman, John Cage, Arvo Pärt, Louis Andriessen, John Woolrich and Igor Stravinsky amongst others. From this grew a passion for performing contemporary music culminating in a performance of Peter Maxwell Davies' Miss Donnithorne's Maggot for her final recital.

Lucy Appleyard has performed countless operatic roles on the local and national stage. She has worked professionally for Scottish Opera and has sung at the Buxton International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival for the last five years. She is particularly fond of performing G&S roles with her most recent being Little Buttercup in HMS Pinafore. Her other operatic roles include Dido in Dido & Aeneas, Madam Flora in The Medium, Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Second Lady in W.A. Mozart's The Magic Flute, Meg Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Arnalta in The Coronation of Poppea.

Lucy Appleyard has continued her love of singing sacred choral music throughout her life. She is currently principal alto for The St Peter's Singers of Leeds directed by Dr Simon Lindley and sings with the new up and coming chamber choir Ecclesia. She sings regularly for many choral societies in Yorkshire and beyond. Recent performances have included Rossini's & Dvorak's Stabat Mater and George Frideric Handel's Israel in Egypt at Leeds Town Hall. Future engagements include Maurice Duruflé's Requiem and J.S. Bach's St Matthew Passion (BWV 244).

Away from performing Lucy Appleyard conducts the Choir of St Aidan's Church in Leeds and teaches singing in schools throughout Yorkshire. She currently lives in Horsforth.


Source: St Peter's Singers of Leeds Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (July 2017)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Simon Lindley


V-1 (2013, Video): BWV 245 [sung in English]

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