Growing up, I was surrounded by a musical family and there was no question of me doing anything else as a career. Many years of practice and lessons from talented singers and performers like Mary King brought me to the doors of the Birmingham Conservatoire where I received a Post Graduate Certificate in Vocal Performance, whilst studying with Louise Crane who continues to teach me.
Though my height has always proved a challenge for casting directors, I have had much fun on the operatic stage too, playing characters such as Handel’s Semele with me sitting, kneeling or lying down in every scene due to the casting of a tiny tenor into the role of my character’s lover; Jupiter the God of Thunder. I was also cast in the role of a call-girl come Princess Diana lookalike in a Channel 4 opera written to commemorate the 5th anniversary of her death, together with Willard White as a homeless man, called When She Died: Death of a Princess (Dove/Harsent) - but the synopsis is very convoluted so I won’t share it with you here! During my post graduate course, I premiered the role of a mother-of-the-bride in a new opera written for students of the Birmingham Conservatoire, called Ava’s Wedding (Wolters/Taylor).
Recent highlights include a PREMIERING A NEW WORK BY ROLAND JOHNSON AT THE HOLYWELL ROOM IN OXFORD AND RUTTER'S MAGNIFICAT WITH WYCLIFFE CHORAL SOCIETY.
Jon Trim - Musical Director, Capriol Chamber Orchestra
Phillippa Lay mesmerised the audience with her selection of arias accompanied by the Capriol Chamber Orchestra. She demonstrated a versatile technical and emotional range with songs from Patience and Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan and a heart-rending performance of "Ach, Ich Fuhls" from Mozart's Magic Flute. The wonderful selection was rounded off with a humorous and artful rendition of Art is Calling for Me by Victor Herbert. We look forward to further performances from the outstanding Phillippa Lay.
Clare Edwards - Musical Director, Notorious Choir
Thank you Phillippa - it was lovely to have you involved last night and your solos were spot on! I don’t have a favourite as they were all ace. Hope you had fun and let’s do it again some time!!
Patrick Larley - Previous Musical Director, Ludlow Choral Society
Thank you so much for your wonderful contributions to the success of Saturday's concert. I have been inundated with messages and compliments especially commenting on the soloists. I look forward to our next musical collaborations.
George Bevan - Musical Director, Monkton Combe Choral Society
You were fab, SO many compliments about our amazing soprano soloist. :) Thank you!
John Wright - Musical Director, Charlton Kings Choral Society
Phillippa was an ideal choice of soloist for our performance of Handel's Ode on St Cecilia's Day. Her clear, bright tone was well suited to the the four soprano arias, and her voice soared effortlessly into the architectural splendour of Cheltenham's Pittville Pump Room. Phillippa showed much empathy with Handel's ornamented Baroque style, combining sensitively with the various obligato instruments that coloured each aria. She performed with a sense of poise, communicating this highly stylised music vividly to the audience.
Derek Ansell - Newbury Weekly News
Full marks to Phillippa Lay, who gave a rich interpretation with her voice bright and resonant throughout.
Michael Castle - Accompanist
It was a real pleasure working with Phillippa on the Mozart Requiem in Cirencester Baptist Church. She was very easy to work with in rehearsal and likewise to accompany in concert. I do hope that I'll have the opportunity with Phillippa again in the not too distant future.
Sean Kenny - Recording Studio Owner
Phillippa did a vocal session for me for the first time earlier this year. She has an excellent voice with power in abundance but also great delicacy and control too. Her pitching is first rate, as is her receptiveness to direction from the client. She has an exceptional natural ear and picked up on changes we made to vocal lines very quickly. She also has an impressive stamina and didn’t tire at all on the day of the session in spite of how hard we worked. I can thoroughly recommend her for session work and will certainly be calling on her services again.
Joy Murr - Holy Trinity Church, Stroud
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.
Carole Moxon - Secretary, Buckingham Choral Society
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.