Elin Manahen Thompson

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.