Lisa Beckley

lisa_250Lisa studied chemistry at Keble College, Oxford where she was a choral bursar. While at university she had the opportunity to enjoy an extensive and varied musical life and performed in most musical genres, from Purcell to Gershwin and stage work including Blow’s Venus and Adonis, Weill’s Threepenny Operaand Sondheim’s Sweeny Todd.

She was also Musical Director for a production of the Brecht\Eisler musical The Mother featuring the musical debut of the now, Hollywood actress, Catherine McCormack, who recently appeared locally at the Rose theatre.

After university she chose to specialise in early music, and to date has sung all over the world with most of Britain’s leading consorts including The Sixteen, The Kings Consort, The Cardinall’s Musick, The Oxford Camerata, The Clerks group, The Tallis scholars, Academy of Ancient Music, Hickox singers (CM90), Orchestra of the Age Enlightenment and Retrospect Ensemble.

She has an extensive discography with these groups, including The Brit award winning Universal disc ‘Renaissance’ with the Sixteen, the Bach contempories series for The Kings Consort, the Oxford Camerata series for Naxos, but most notably appeared as the soloist with Schola Cantorum of Oxford on their best-selling disc of Faure’s Requiem (her Pie Jesu featured in the film ‘Broken Flowers’), and Tippett’sNegro Spirituals on Hyperion.

She also regularly sings in the professional choirs of many of London’s major churches, including St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Cathedral, whenever a mixed choir is required, and held a regular position at the London Oratory church for many years.

Concert appearances are diverse, including much of the greatest Baroque repertoire;Purcell Odes, Bach Magnificat, B minor mass, St John Passion, to the more modern includingPart Passio, Rutter Reqiuem and the world premier of John Joubert’s ‘Three faces of Love’ for Soprano, Tenor and Baritone and the occasional cabaret appearance.

As well as teaching at Tiffin School, she also teaches at St Pauls Girl’s school in Hammersmith.

She lives in Kingston with her husband Robin Blaze and her two children.