The English 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 (Bachelor of Music degree, 2004-2008). She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the judgesí 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 McLorinan has extensive experience on the concert platform across both the UK and Europe. Solo highlights include J.S. Bach's St.Matthew Passion (BWV 244) and St. John Passion (BWV 245) at Birmingham Symphony Hall (Ex Cathedra/Jeffrey Skidmore), George Frideric Handel's Messiah at Birmingham Symphony Hall (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Simon Halsey) and at Cadogan Hall (English Chamber Orchestra/Nigel Short), Maurice Durufléís Requiem at Abbatiale Saint-Ouen (Tenebrae/Nigel Short), Antonio Vivaldiís Gloria at St. Stephenís Walbrook (Gabrieli Players/Paul McCreesh), J.S. Bachís Magnificat (BWV 243) at St. Johnís Cathedral, Malta (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/James Burton), Sergei Rachmaninovís Vespers at Sherborne Abbey (Tenebrae/Nigel Short) and at Milton Court (Ex Cathedra/Jeffrey Skidmore), Johannes Brahmsí Liebeslieder Waltzes at Kings Place (The Sixteen/Harry Christophers), and G.F. Handelís Jephtha (Storge) in Maynooth, Ireland (US Berkshire International Choral Festival/Joseph Cullen). She regularly appears as a soloist with choral societies across the country singing a broad range of repertoire, including works such as Edward Elgarís The Dream of Gerontius and Verdiís Requiem. Future engagements include three performances of G.F. Handelís Messiah in the USA with Tenebrae in November, and another performance of G.F. Handelís Messiah with Dame Emma Kirkby in Kings Lynn in December. Plans for 2017 include appearing as a soloist with The Sixteen in Holland singing Haydnís Harmoniemesse in Utrecht, Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
Martha McLorinan's operatic roles include The Notaryís Wife and Anna (cover) in R. Strauss' Intermezzo and Lotinka in Dvorakís The Jacobin for Buxton Festival Opera, Second Witch in Purcellís Dido and Aeneas at the Wigmore Hall (Tenebrae/Trevor Pinnock), and at St. Johnís Smith Square (La Nuova Musica/David Bates), Mrs.Noye in Benjamin Brittenís Noyeís Fludde for a community project in Somerset, Dorabella in W.A. Mozartís Cosi fan Tutte for Opus Opera, Alto 2 soloist in Stockhausenís Mittwoch Aus Licht for the BBC Proms, Tenth Ewe in Birtwistleís Yan Tan Tethera for Britten Sinfonia, Lazuli in Chabrierís LíEtoile and Mrs. Nolan in Menottiís The Medium, both for the RWCMD. She has also worked for Opera Holland Park for two seasons as a member of the chorus. She has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 singing Third Lady in excerpts of W.A. Mozartís Die Zauberflöte for Charles Hazelwoodís Discovering Music programme. In February 2017, she will sing the role of Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas at Birmingham Town Hall with Ex Cathedra.
Martha McLorinan is also in demand as a consort singer. She was a member of Cambridge Singers (Director: John Rutter). Her work with Tenebrae (Director: Nigel Short) has taken her to The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where she sang in a quartet of female voices for Joby Talbotís ballet Alice in Wonderland. Last year, she toured Betrayal: A Polyphonic Crime Drama with I Fagiolini (Director: Robert Hollingworth), and she recently toured How Like an Angel (a show with seven acrobats and nine singers) with them in Norway.
Martha features on various recordings, and can be heard as a soloist in Garciaís Missa Pastoril (Brazilian Adventures, Ex Cathedra/Jeffrey Skidmore), Alec Rothís Hymn to Gaia (Shared Ground, Ex Cathedra/Jeffrey Skidmore) Paul Mealorís Salvator Mundi (A Tender Light, Tenebrae/Nigel Short), Gorczyckiís 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 solos in Daniel Lesurís Cantique des cantiques and Jean Francaixís Ode a la gastronomie with I Fagiolini, and was the mezzo-soprano soloist in Tenebraeís recording of Judith Binghamís The Drowned Lovers (Music of the Spheres, Tenebrae/Nigel Short). She also frequently records with both Synergy and London Voices (Director: Terry Edwards).
2016 saw Martha McLorinan perform as a soloist at York Early Music Festival (lute songs from Anne Boleynís Songbook with Jacob Heringman and Kirsty Whatley broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 from York Minster), Aldeburgh Festival (J.S. Bachís Magnificat (BWV 243) with Les Siècles and London Voices conducted by François-Xavier Roth at Snape Maltings Concert Hall), and the Barbican Festival (Coplandís In The Beginning and MacMillanís Seven Angels with Ex Cathedra conducted by Jeffrey Skidmore at St. Gilesí, Cripplegate). She currently lives in London, England.