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Lydia Shariff

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About Lydia Shariff

The warm sound of a true Contralto. Available for all types of events and expert in performing both classical and jazz repertoire.
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Lydia Shariff is a British Mezzo-Contralto and recent graduate of the Master’s programme at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Book now for weddings, funerals, choral events, parties and more. In recent years, Lydia has been fortunate enough to work with industry greats such as Roderick Williams OBE, Kamal Khan, Julia Bullock, Paula Murrihy, and Gweneth Ann Rand. Based in London, Lydia has performed across the UK, Europe and in Asia. A soloist with repertoire spanning from Bach to Berio, Lydia is accomplished in both Classical and Jazz repertoire, and has performed as a soloist in venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, Bridgewater Hall, and at The Barbican Centre. Lydia has been fortunate enough to receive significant young operatic training in recent years from companies such as The Glyndebourne Academy and British Youth Opera, and she recently made her operatic debut on the renowned stage at Clonter Opera Theatre.

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Jeffery C
1 year ago, for a Private event in London
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5 out of 5

We had Lydia perform at a private corporate dinner event and her singing was truly sublime. Alongside her pianist, she managed to entirely captivate the whole of the gathering and she really added a touch of class to the event. Lydia performed some lovely opera songs and was even able to do a few requests at the dinner! I look forward to booking her for our celebratory dinner in 2023.

Jackie H
1 year ago, for a Wedding in London
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5 out of 5

Lydia performed at our wedding in august, and I can honestly say that it made our day so special. She performed our favourite piece 'Someone to watch over me' and it brought many tears to the congregation! She has a beautiful voice, is always well presented, and she is very easy to talk to. I wouldn't hesitate for a second to recommend her to anyone. Thank you, Lydia! x

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Lydia Shariff's Song list

Oratorio/Church Music List
- Gloria, Vivaldi
- Requiem, Duruflé
- Petite messe solennelle, Rossini
- Requiem, Mozart
- Messiah, Handel
- Nelson Mass, Haydn
- Mass in Eb Major, Schubert
- 9th Symphony, Beethoven
- Feel the Spirit, Rutter
Classical List
- Sea Pictures, Elgar
- Folk Songs, Britten
- Shakespeare Songs, Quilter
- Shakespeare Songs, Dring
- 6 Songs, Grieg
- 7 Canciones Populares Espanolas, de Falla
- Old American Songs, Copland
- Mystery, Lori Laitman
- Cabaret Songs, Britten
- I Hate Music!, Bernstein
- Let Us Garlands Bring, Finzi
- Charm of Lullabies, Britten
- Les nuits d'été, Berlioz
- Three Early Songs, George Crumb
- Chants Populaires, Ravel
- All You Who Sleep Tonight, Dove
- Chansons de Bilitis, Debussy
- Shakespeare Songs, Quilter
- Shakespeare Songs, Dring
- Four Last Songs, Vaughan Williams
- Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Mahler
- Folk Songs, Berio
- Die schöne Müllerin, Schubert
Jazz List
- I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter
- Fly me to the moon
- God bless the child
- Don't explain
- Lush life
- Singin' in the rain
- All I do is dream of you
- My heart belongs to daddy
- Love for sale
- You'd be so nice to come home to
- Everytime we say goodbye
- In the wee small hours
- Love me or leave me
- My baby just cares for me
- Don't get around much anymore
- It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing
- Plain gold ring
- Nature boy
- If I were a bell
- I've never been in love before
- My time of day
- Misty
- But not for me
- Someone to watch over me
- S'wonderful
- I got rhythm
- Embraceable you
- Our love is here to stay
- Summertime
- A foggy day
- They can't take that away from me
- I got plenty o' nuttin
- I loves you Porgy
- Georgia on my mind
- People will say we're in love
- Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered
- How long has this been going on
- Cry me a river
- Them there eyes
- I'm glad there is you
- If I should lose you
- A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square
- White cliffs of Dover
- We'll meet again
- It's a long way to tipperary
- Tenderly
- How high the moon
- Over the rainbow
- It's only a paper moon
- Let's fall in love
- That old black magic
- Come rain or come shine
- Georgia on my mind
- Stormy weather
- The nearness of you
- Georgia on my mind
- I get along without you very well
- I've got my love to keep me warm
- How deep is the ocean
- Cheek to cheek
- You can have him
- Can't help lovin' dat man
- The way you look tonight
- Girl from Ipanema
- Naima
- Autumn Leaves
- Surabaya Johnny
- Speak low
- What good would the moon be
- I feel pretty
- Blame it on my youth
- On the sunny side of the street
- Them there eyes
- Feed the birds
- Easy living
- Hello, young lovers
- It might aswell be spring
- If I loved you
- Happy talk
- Bali Hai
- Shall we dance
- My favourite things
- A wonderful guy
- Getting to know you
- My funny valentine
- It never entered my mind
- Little girl blue
- All of me
- There is no greater love
- Round midnight
- Wild is the wind
- A tisket a tasket
- Black is the colour of my true love's hair
- April in Paris
- When I fall in love
- Don't smoke in Bed
- Stella by Starlight

Lydia Shariff's Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£300
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I am very flexible and happy to work with you on the event times, please don't worry if things change, that's normal and I'm happy to help!

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Yes! Absolutely, this is no problem and I can cater to the style you prefer.

How much time do you need to set up?

Usually between half an hour and 45 mins.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Yes, absolutely! Music is such a personal passion, and I want you to hear the songs you love the most. We can discuss this before the event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Depending on the type of gig, for a classical concert it is usually a given that a piano will be available, but for my Jazz gigs, I am more than happy to bring a PA system.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes absolutely! I don't usually charge a fee for learning an extra piece (unless it's particularly difficult) and I will need at least 1 week's notice.
Classical, Baroque, Early music, Contemporary classical, Classical crossover, Opera, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Jazz
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Recording session, Charity event, Corporate event, Private event, Theatre / Show, Cruise, New Year's Eve, Christmas party, Birthday party, Burns night, Virtual event
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Other skills:
Fluent sight-reader
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