Elin Manahan Thomas

Born and bred in Swansea, Elin read Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Clare College Cambridge, before moving to the musical world and carving a career as one of Britain’s leading young sopranos. Her début album with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Eternal Light, entered the classical charts in 2007 at number two, her Signum release in 2009, Patrick Hawes’s ‘Song of Songs’ was CD of the week on Classic FM, and her recording of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with Florilegium was Choice of the Month in BBC Music Magazine in 2010. Elin is the first singer ever to record Bach’s Alles mit Gott, a birthday ode written in 1713 and discovered in 2005. She first received great acclaim for her ‘Pie Jesu’ on Naxos’ award-winning recording of the Rutter Requiem, and was praised as soloist in Bach’s St Matthew Passion at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, under Sir John Eliot Gardiner. She has performed in Classic FM’s fifteenth birthday concert, at Songs of Praise’s ‘The Big Sing’, gave the World Première of Sir John Tavener’s Requiem in Liverpool Cathedral (also recorded for EMI), and in 2009 she made her début at the Wigmore Hall with the Academy of Ancient Music, was invited to perform in the Vatican on Easter Sunday, and appeared at the Edinburgh International Festival with the Royal Flanders Ballet. Recent performances include Handel Messiah in Bridgewater Hall with the Halle Orchestra, and Bach Christmas Oratorio on Radio 3. She has performed in many of the world’s leading venues, among them the Lincoln Center, New York; the San Francisco Symphony Hall; the Royal Albert Hall; Birmingham Symphony Hall; Westminster Abbey; the Conzertgebouw in Amsterdam; the Palau de Musica, Barcelona; the Casa de Musica in Porto; and St Mark’s, Venice.