Lea Cornthwaite is a singer, choir director and vocal & songwriting animateur who works with children as young as 5 to adults of 95, singers and non-singers alike.
- Voices of the Future project for the Royal Opera House.
- 'Road Rage', A new community opera by Orlando Gough & Richard Stilgoe, a Garsington Opera mainstage production in July 2013 (Chorus Master).
- Singer in 'Bread', part of Director & Performer Clare Whistler's Gift series. www.clarewhistler.co.uk/giftseries_01.html
- Music Director for Glyndebourne Youth Opera 3 mainstage production in December 2012
- A singing project in the Bethlem Hospital furthering Mind & Soul's work in the field of singing and mental health.
Recent projects include:
- Leading & singing in a backing choir for Marc Almond's concert version of his album Torment & Toreros, part of the Royal Festival Hall series 'Antony's Meltdown'.
- Leading singing with the BBC Concert Orchestra for BBC Music Nation and BBC Music Mix concerts.
- Vocal director of the Royal Opera House Youth Company, currently preparing for a mainstage production by Julian Grant, directed by Tom Guthrie.
- AMD on Harvey Brough & Lee Hall's opera 'Beached' for Opera North.
- Vocal coach for Youth Music Voices.
- Vocal coach on 'Gold Run', an opera about the Paralympic Games for learning disabled singers for Carousel/Glyndebourne.
- Chorus master on The Royal Opera House's 'Ludd & Isis' by Richard Taylor,
- Vocal animateur on Orlando Gough's 'On the Rim of the World' also for ROH
- Assistant director on the RPS award nominated 'Confucius Says' by Richard Taylor at the Hackney Empire,
- Vocal animateur on Jonathan Dove's RPS award winning cantata 'On Spital Fields'.
has also worked on many other projects with Opera North, ENO, the LSO, Sing Up,
Glyndebourne, Garsington Opera, the Barbican Centre, the Southbank
Centre, National Youth Theatre, Spitalfields Music, Hackney Music
Development Trust, Youth Music and CAST in Lebanon. Lea has a particular interest in singing for health and wellbeing and
has been MD for 'Mind & Soul', a choir based at the Maudsley
Hospital in London since 2006 who recently made their debut at the Queen
Elizabeth Hall in John Browne's 'A Nightingale Sings'.
Recent singing work includes the world premiere performance, recording and tour of Julian Marshall's cantata 'Out of the Darkness' with the Schoolhouse 6 Ensemble.
"The chorus excelled... ...focused, clear-cut choral singing."
(Opera Now Magazine on 'Ludd & Isis')
LISTEN.... to some of Lea's tracks at Soundcloud
LISTEN... to Mind & Soul at Soundcloud