Scottish soprano, living in Manchester. Recent graduate of the RNCM.
Isla is a soprano originally from Edinburgh who began her musical training in a choral setting. She began singing with the National Youth Choirs of Scotland in 2009 which greatly broadened her musicianship, choral repertoire and concert experience. Isla attended the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Department for the final three years of her secondary education. There she studied classical guitar with Michael McGeary and singing with Margaret Izatt. Whilst Isla was studying at the RCS she became the Regional Winner of Rotary Young Musician of the Year for both classical guitar and singing. She also won the Oratorio Prize at the Edinburgh Music Festival and was highly commended in the Alex Elrick Memorial Competition. Isla has just graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a First Class Batchelor of Music with Honors degree. She studies under the tutelage of Sarah Rhodes. Solo operatic appearances at the RNCM include First Spirit in 'The Mini Magic Flute', Mustardseed in Britten’s 'A Midsummer Nights Dream' and Grace Davis in Weill’s 'Street Scene'. Isla has also sung with the RNCM Opera Chorus for Holst’s 'Savitri' and Léhar’s 'The Merry Widow'. Additionally, she has participated in masterclasses with Fiona Kimm, Garth Bardsley, Lynne Dawson, Linda Richardson, Stefan Janski and Patricia McMahon. A regular chamber music performer, Isla has performed a world premiere in the Bridgewater Hall with her ensemble as well as taking part in a chamber music masterclass with Alastair Hume from The King’s Singers. Isla has appeared as the soprano soloist in Händel’s Messiah with the Edinburgh Incidental Orchestra. She has also performed the soprano solo in Fauré’s Requiem , Purcell's Ode to St. Cecilia and Elgar's The Music Makers with the Philharmonic Choir of Manchester. With Dorset Opera, Isla sang the role of The Apparition in Verdi's 'MacBeth' and was also in the chorus of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. This year Isla played the Governess in Britten's 'The Turn of the Screw' with Leeds Youth Opera and Second Lady in scenes of 'The Magic Flute' with British Youth Opera. Upcoming engagements include appearances with European Opera Centre and Salford Choral Society.
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