Mhairi Lawson

“…the highlight of the concert for me had to be Mhairi Lawson… the kind of clear and brilliant notes that pin you to your seat, knock your hat off and then blow you a kiss afterwards”
The Independent

While still a student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Mhairi won the International Early Music Network Young Artists Prize with the fortepianist Olga Tverskaya, which led to her first CD recording of Haydn’s English and Scottish Songs (premiere recording on original instruments).

As a soloist Mhairi has appeared at such venues as New York’s Lincoln Centre, Paris’ Cité de la Musique, Théatre de Chatelet and Opera Comique, Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre, Utrecht’s Vredenburg, London’s Royal Opera and Coliseum Theatres with such companies as English National Opera, Les Arts Florissants, The Gabrieli Consort and The Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Mhairi has a special interest in the music of 18th Century Scotland and Italy, of which she has given many performances and recorded for CD with Concerto Caledonia (Mungrel Stuff was Sunday Times choice CD 2001 and A red, red rose which will be released in 2004). With the virtuoso baroque band, La Serenissima, Mhairi had performed Vivaldi’s La Senna Festeggiante and Laudate Pueri in Venice, and recorded arias by Vivaldi, Hasse and Giacomelli for their latest disc Vivaldi in Arcadia, which has received much critical acclaim in music industry publications such as Gramophone Magazine, Diapason and BBC Music Magazine.

At London’s Wigmore Hall, Mhairi has given many performances of the dramatic works of Handel (Alcina and Aci, Galatea e Polifemo), Purcell (King Arthur and Fairy Queen) and, most recently, Hasse’s rarely performed serenata Antonio e Cleopatra, all with the Early Opera Company.

“Mhairi Lawson… vocal and personal glamour… sexy and moving.”

Recent and current projects include concert and operatic arias by Mozart with the Orchestre National des pays de la Loire (France) directed by Philip Pickett, recitals of Wolf’s Italienische Liederbuch and English Songs with the pianist Julius Drake, a recording of Scottish Classical Songs by the Earl of Kelly for Linn Records, and programmes of operatic and religious music by Charpentier and his contemporaries for festivals in the UK.

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