Biography

Ana is studying for her post-graduate degree at the Royal College of music, where she learns with Peter Savidge, having completed her BA Music (Hons) degree at the University of York, where she was recipient of the Ed Burrell Award for Excellence in Performance. After leaving York, her first professional appearance was at the Royal Opera House, creating a role by Emma-Ruth Richards with directors Natalie Abrahami and Richard Hetherington.

Her most recent engagements include solo recitals with her marimba-voice duo percussing, and new music collaborations at various festivals around the UK, including with poet Lemn Sissay, and composers such as Michael Nyman, Roger Marsh, Rose Hall and Stef Conner. She recorded a CD of French choral music with i Fagiolini, performed the UK premiere of Luca Francesconi’s ‘Etymo’ and Unsuk Chin’s ‘Acrostic Wordplay,’ and has had numerous appearances as a chorister in London, Italy, Germany, and China alongside her permanent position as a soprano in the choir of the Carmelite Priory, Kensington, a cappella group NoVI and as was one of eight scholars in the National Youth Choir of Great Britain’s 2016-2017 Fellowship Scheme.

Ana is bilingual English and Spanish thanks to her Galician mother and Derbyshire-born father, and speaks Italian, which she studied intensively during a six-month stay in Milan, alongside learning voice privately with a bel canto teacher.

Born in Manchester, she received a vocal chorister scholarship to Chetham’s School of Music at the age of 9, studying with Helen Francis and Christopher Stokes. With Manchester Cathedral Choir, she performed on BBC Songs of Praise, sang in several BBC Radio 3 broadcasts, and toured the east coast of the USA and the north of France. Upon leaving Chetham’s in 2006 she joined the Hallé Youth Choir and Orchestra, where she gave her solo debut as the cante-jondo soloist in De Falla’s El Sombrero de Tres Picos with the Hallé at the Bridgewater Hall. With the Hallé Youth Choir, she sang at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, and in the summer of 2010 toured to Venice, a trip that included a concert in St. Mark’s Basilica. Other highlights of her time with the choir include performing on UK rock band Elbow’s album Build A Rocket Boys which led to performances on ‘Comic Relief’ and broadcasts on BBC Radio 1, and singing on the Hallé’s highly-acclaimed recording of Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius with Bryn Terfel and Alice Coote.

In her spare time, she is a keen yogi, and plays the viola da gamba, violin and piano,  and she lives in central London with her miniature opera score collection.