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Anna Shackleton graduated in 2013 with a first class honours degree in Vocal Studies from Birmingham Conservatoire, under the guidance of highly renowned mezzo-soprano Christine Cairns. She has since appeared as a soloist with many orchestras and choral societies across the UK. and frequently performs in oratorio works and recitals. These include regular engagements with the Orchestra of St John's, directed by John Lubbock OBE. Anna is also the new Muiscal Director of Oxford Harmony barbershop chorus, and is establishing a thriving private teaching practice.


Anna grew up in the village of Sutton Courtenay near Abingdon, Oxfordshire. She started her musical studies at Matrix Music School aged four on the Yamaha Music Course, an aural based program of study. She later began piano and violin lessons and joined the county youth orchestras. At the age of fifteen, Anna became a member of the Oxford Girls' Choir directed by Richard Vendome, and it was here that the seeds were sown for a career in Singing. She subsequently joined the exciting research project Schola Pietatis Antonio Vivaldi, the all-female SATB ensemble who aim to recreate Vivaldi's 'figlie di choro', with whom she travelled across the Netherlands with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in 2007, and more recently, in the London Baroque Festival last May. Chorally, Anna has enjoyed everything from one-per-part chamber singing, right up to large symphonic choral works whilst a member of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus, under the baton of Andris Nelsons and Riccardo Chailly.


 



 
     
     
 
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