Singer (soprano)

Phillippa Lay

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About Phillippa

Singer (soprano)
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6ft2 soprano soloist, Birmingham Conservatoire alumni, Faux Diana Channel 4 opera: When She Died, Death of a Princess (Dove).

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
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Traditional church music, Christmas, Early music, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Renaissance, Opera, Musical theatre, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Traditional English folk, Covers
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Instruments:
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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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Other skills:
Actor, Musical comedy, Instrumental teaching, Singing teaching
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Song list

OPERATIC/CLASSICAL/ITALIAN:
Ach Ich Fuhls
Come Scoglio
Caro Mio Ben
The Dream
From Rosy Bow'rs
Funiculli Funicula
Houses & Gardens in the Heart of England
I Cannot Tell You What This Love May Be
Lascia Ch'io Pianga
Lorsque Vous N'aurez Rien A Faire
Not All My Torments
O Mio Babbino Caro
O Sleep Why Dost Thou Leave Me
O Sole Mio
O Waly Waly
Poor Wandering One
Porgi Amor
Santa Lucia
Se Tu M'ami
Song To The Moon
Sposa son Disprezzata
Summertime
Torna a Surriento
The Trees on the Mountain
Weep You No More Sad Fountains
SACRED/ORATORIO:
Alleluja
Ave Maria
Carmina Burana
Come Unto Him
Esurientes
Et Exultatvit
Et Misericordia
Gloria Patri
How Beautiful Are the Feet
I Know That My Redeemer Liveth
Panis Angelicus
Quia Respexit
Rejoice Greatly
The Lord is My Shepherd
The Marvellous Work Behold Amazed
With Verdure Clad
CROSSOVER/CROSSOVER:
Angel
Art is Calling to Me
As Tears Go By
Auld Lang Syne
A Thousand Years
A Word on My Ear
A Whole New World
Barbie Girl
Bring Him Home
Caruso
Celebrate
Chandelier
Chasing Cars
Cinema Paradiso (Se)
Club Tropicana
Copacabana
Dance with my Father Again
Dancing Queen
Diamond
Don't Look Back in Anger
Fame
Fields of Gold
Flashdance
Fly Me To The Moon
Gangnam Style
Gangsters Paradise
Girl's Just Wanna Have Fun
Gloria (The Gift of Life)
Hallelujah
Hippopotamus Song
Holding Out For a Hero
How Long will I Love You
I Get a Kick Out of You
Il Mio Cuora Va/My Heart Will Go On
I Wanna Dance with Someone
I Will Always Love You/L'amore Sei Tu
Let's Do It
Let's Get Ready to Rumble
Let It Go
Love Changes Everything
My Way
Nella Fantasia
Never Enough
New York
Parklife
The Prayer
Quello Che Faro/Everything I Do
The Rose
Respectable
Saturday Night
S Club Party
Senza Catene/Unchained Melody
She
Skyfall
Someone to Watch Over Me
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Tell Him
Thrift Shop
Time To Say Goodbye
Total Eclipse Of The Heart
When I Fall In Love
When She Loved Me
Whisper Of Angels
Writing's On The Wall
You'll Be In My Heart
CHRISTMAS:
All I Want For Christmas
Away In A Manger
Because It's Christmas Deck The Halls
Christmas Time (Don't Let the Bells End)
Ding Dong Merrily
Do They Know It's Christmas
The First Nowell
Frosty The Snowman
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Hark The Herald
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
I Saw Three Ships
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Jingle Bells
Joy To The World
Last Christmas
Let It Snow!
Mary's Boy Child
Merry Christmas Everybody
Merry Christmas Everyone
Mistletoe and Wine
O Come All Ye Faithful
O Little Town Of Bethlehem
O Holy Night
Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer
Silent Night
Santa Baby
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Sleigh Ride
Stay Another Day
Walking In The Air
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
When A Child Is Born
White Christmas
A Winter's Tale
Winter Wonderland
Wonderful Christmas Time
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.

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£250
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£400
Packages
Christmas Favourites
3 x 30-40 minute sets of tailored Christmas music and as an experienced solo and ensemble soprano I'd sing everything from pop, classical crossover and Christmas songs. I'd perform 3 sets of well known music along the following lines - Set 1: Carols Set 2: Christmas songs like White Christmas, Santa Baby, Rudolf Set 3: Christmas pop like Mistletoe & Wine, Stay Another Day, Merry Christmas Everybody. I tailor set list content according to each event so if the above isn't quite right or you have specific songs that you would like included, I can certainly accommodate that, plus I'm easy to work with and can bring my PA equipment if needed. Looking forward to hearing from you.
£250
Classical Crossover Classics
3 x 30-40 minute sets of tailored music for your event from an experienced solo and ensemble soprano who sings everything from operatic classics, to pop songs like I Will Always Love You and Total Eclipse of the Heart. Book me for your event and I'll ensure your event has an awesome soundtrack! I tailor set list content according to event type, plus I'm easy to work with and can bring own PA equipment if needed. Example Set List: Set 1: Well-known operatic solos and duets like Lascia Ch'io Pianga, O Mio Babbino Caro and Ach Ich Fuhls. Set 2: Well-known classical crossover songs like The Prayer, I Will Always Love You and My Heart Will Go On. Set 3: Well-known pop classics like Everything I Do, Writing's on the Wall and Skyfall.
£250
Wedding Package
Your wedding day is the most special day of your life, an occasion to be shared with your closest friends and family. A soprano soloist will add that extra charm and provide a beautiful bespoke soundtrack to your day: 15-20 mins during your ceremony - entrance of the bride, signing of the register and exit e.g. Ave Maria, Panis Angelicus, The Prayer, 1000 Years, How Long Will I Love You 2 x 30-40 mins during drinks reception/wedding breakfast: e.g. I Will Always Love You, You'll Be In My Heart, Let's Fall In Love, She, Nella Fantasia, Senza Catene, Love Changes Everything, When I Fall In Love, I Get A Kick Out of You Whether you'd like singing during the ceremony, as your guests arrive, or during the reception, I am able to provide the music which will make your day as special as it can be.
£350
Available services
DJ set
Free
Skype Consultation and 3 New Songs Learned
+£50

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Alex B, 10 months ago

Saw these 2 last night, very entertaining and energetic performance! I was having almost as much fun watching them as these ladies were having on stage! Great alternative act.

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Carole M, 2 years 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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