Singer (soprano)

Phillippa Lay

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About Phillippa

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A versatile soprano soloist with blendable tone, a post-graduate in vocal performance from Birmingham Conservatoire.

Phillippa practices the three major disciplines of song, opera and oratorio and has a post-graduate certificate in vocal performance from the Birmingham Conservatoire, where she studied under the tutelage of mezzo-soprano Louise Crane, early music tenor Andrew King and tenor Julian Pike, amongst other renowned musicians. Prior to her time at the Conservatoire, Phillippa completed the acclaimed English National Opera funded performance course, ‘The Knack’ led by Mary King. During the course she landed a key solo role in the infamous television opera, When She Died; The Death of a Princess written to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Princess Diana, with music by Jonathan Dove. It was premiered in the UK on Channel 4 and sold internationally, including to PBS in US. The production was nominated for a Royal Television Society award and generated a large amount of media interest when it was released. During her time at Birmingham Conservatoire Phillippa was cast in a number of solo operatic roles, including the opening cast of the World Premiere of Michael Wolters’ and Alexandra Taylor’s opera Ava’s Wedding, commissioned by the Conservatoire, in which she created the role of Celia, a rather exacting and forthright mother of the bride. Phillippa has staged many recitals and performed oratorios with choral societies across the country and has performed with composers and conductors of great note including John Nelson, Sir David Willcocks, David Hill, John Rutter and Stephen Layton. Her contribution to commercial recordings is varied and numerous, including a CD of contemporary Spanish music of Abril performed by the much praised professional choir Coro Cervantes. She was also featured as a soloist with the Collegiate Singers on their CD entitled Herbert Howells: Morning and Evening Canticles Volume 3 (Priory Records).

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
Traditional church music, Christmas, Classical, Early music, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Renaissance, Opera, Musical theatre
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Ach Ich Fuhls
Caro Mio Ben
Lascia Ch'io Pianga
O Mio Babbino Caro
Porgi Amor
Song To The Moon
Ave Maria
Panis Angelicus
Con Te Partiro
I Will Always Love You/L'amore Sei Tu
Nella Fantasia
Senza Catene
Total Eclipse Of The Heart
Whisper Of Angels
Fly Me To The Moon
How Long will I Love You
I Get a Kick Out of You
Let's Do It
Let It Go
Love Changes Everything
S Club Party
Someone to Watch Over Me
Tell Him
Thrift Shop
Time To Say Goodbye
Total Eclipse Of The Heart
When I Fall In Love
You'll Be In My Heart
Deck The Halls
The First Nowell
O Little Town Of Bethlehem
O Holy Night
Away In A Manger
Silent Night
Ding Dong Merrily
Hark The Herald
O Come All Ye Faithful
Santa Baby
Winter Wonderland
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Let It Snow!
Sleigh Ride
Jingle Bells
Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
White Christmas
Walking In The Air
When A Child Is Born
A Winter's Tale
Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
Frosty The Snowman
Because It's Christmas
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
And Many More!
Customer questions

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

I always try my best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know.

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

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and I offer this service for free.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually set up about an hour before the performance time. As soon as the PA is set up and where appropriate we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for the live performance!

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

My set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure your guests have an amazing time. However, I'm definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, I can bring PA equipment with me, use the equipment at the venue or work with an accompanist in the case of church services.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance I already know it. If there is a special song you'd like me to learn I'm am happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £50 for this service to take into account rehearsal time.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Interaction with the audience. Wide range of repertoire. Vocal range. Outfits. Easy to work with.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Pubs - e.g. The Ram, Bussage Churches - e.g. in London: Holy Trinity Prince Consort Rd, All Hallows By The Tower, St James Sussex Gdns Nursing Homes - e.g. Leycester House, Warwick Cathedrals - e.g. Tewkesbury, Liverpool, Manchester, Gloucester Beer festivals - e.g. Chalford Sports & Social Beer Festival 2019 Private events

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Classical: Emma Kirkby, Deborah Yorke Classical Crossover: Amici Forever

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Channel 4 Opera that was written to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana, called When She Died: Death of a Princess.


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£250
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£400


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Carole M, 1 year ago

You were all so professional and confident in your delivery and the standard of singing was first class – just a wonderful sound in Buckingham Parish Church when you were singing individually or together. All in all, it was a very enjoyable and successful Buckingham Choral Society concert. We’ve had great feedback from the audience.

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Joy M, 1 year ago

The recent recital by Phillippa Lay was well received by the audience at Holy Trinity. The choice of songs was impressive and demonstrated the wide range of Phillippa’s wonderful voice. We look forward to hearing this remarkable lady again very soon.

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