Express yourself through the language of music.
Alicia Gurney BA, MA, DipABRSM, LRAM*
Alicia Gurney studies with Ryland Davies and Audrey Hyland. She recently completed the MA in Vocal Studies at the Royal Academy of Music. Last summer she sang in the chorus for Opera Holland Park in Iris (Mascagni), La Bohème (Puccini) and The Queen of Spades (Tchaikovsky). She looks forward to working with Opera Holland Park again this year in their productions of Zazà and Kát'a Kabanová.
She also teaches singing to students at King's College, London. Recently, she attended the ABRSM workshop in vocal teaching, and has extensive knowledge of the ABRSM syllabus exams. She holds the professional qualification of DipABRSM in Singing with Distinction, having also received Distinction for the Certificates of Higher Education in Concert Singing and Opera at Birkbeck, University of London.
At the RAM, she sang for the RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series and toured with Juilliard415 to the Thomaskirche, Leipzig and Alice Tully Hall, New York, under the baton of Masaaki Suzuki for Bachfest 2015. Alicia also performed in opera scenes as Sesto (Giulio Cesare), Idamante (Idomeneo), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel) and Dorabella (Così fan tutte) at the RAM, as well as chorus for Rimsky-Korsakov's May Night and Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress.
Having studied for many years with several excellent teachers of music and singing, I feel privileged to be able to teach others so that they can experience the same satisfaction that comes from learning and improving their singing performance and technique. I enjoy working with each student individually towards their personal goal, whether that be general technical help or work towards a specific exam or performance.
I am particularly interested in the role literature and poetry play in singing, having read English at university. Growing up, I had a strong interest in foreign languages, drama and dance, all of which contribute to the authenticity of performance in opera and concert singing.
Above all, I enjoy passing my passion for language and music on to others and helping them achieve the results they deserve.
Alicia is particularly interested in early music and, in 2013, she was interviewed on Resonance FM for the Renaissance FM show, singing music by Purcell, and performed in opera scenes with City University Opera Ensemble, including Handel’s Orlando and La Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica). She also enjoyed coaching singers at City University for their production of Hänsel und Gretel.
Alicia covered the role of Háta and sang in the chorus for British Youth Opera’s production of Smetana’s The Bartered Bride in 2012, also singing in the BYO Easter Workshops that year. She won 2nd prize in the Association of English Singers and Speakers’ Courtney Kenny Competition in 2010.
Alicia currently works as an Open Academy fellow at the RAM, specializing in Creative Music Leadership. She sings regularly at St Simon Zelotes’ Church in Chelsea and also holds a MA in Medieval Studies, specialising in the troubadours of 12th century Occitania.
* LRAM will be completed soon.