Biography

 

Debra began her vocal training in Aberdeen when she was a teenager.

Her love of music also included playing the clarinet in which she gained a teaching diploma whilst still at school.

On leaving the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow with a BA in Musical Performance and a diploma in Operatic Studies, Debra was invited to sing with the Ambrosian Opera Chorus in London. Much of her work with them involved recording the great works with leading conductors and orchestras of the day, including many appearances on Friday Night is Music Night on Radio Two with the Ambrosian Singers as well as the Nigel Brooks Singers and the John McCarthy singers and with the Maida Vale Singers.

Debra appeared as guest artist in a  series of concerts with the late Patrick Moore, astronomer, singing many of Mr. Moore's own compositions.

Extensive work abroad has included Operas and Concerts in Dortmund, Zurich, Munich, Berlin, Luxembourg, Venice, Japan and Jerusalem.

Debra also appeared in the opera, The Blackened Man, by Will Todd at the Buxton Festival.

As a renowned oratorio specialist her repertoire includes The Creation (Haydn), The Messiah (Handel), Nelson Mass (Haydn), Petite Messe Solenelle (Rossini), Carmina Burana (Orff) and the requiems of Faure, Brahms and Mozart.

Her operatic roles include Susanna (Marriage of Figaro),  Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Queen of the Night (Magic Flute), Norina (Don Pasquale), Olympia (Tales of Hoffman), Despina (Cosi fan tutte) and Micaela (Carmen).

With the professional Anglo-Spanish choir, Coro Cervantes, Debra has performed in Spain, Mexico and Russia.

She was featured soloist on their first CD O Crux, which was voted Gramophone's Critics' Choice of the Year. The choir celebrated its 10th anniversary in June 2006 by giving a concert at the Wigmore Hall and in 2008 she was featured soloist with choir at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

As a session singer, Debra has recorded vocals for film soundtracks, CD library music, launch music for car companies, an Ice Show for  Alton towers and radio jingles.

She was featured soloist during the opening and closing ceremonies for the Commonwealth Games in Manchester with music especially written by Julian Scott for the occasion. She also recorded the vocals for the Beijing Olympic Torch  Ceremony in London.

Debra also finds the time to teach a select group of students both from her studio near Lewes and in London. She has undertaken adjudications for the International Singing Competition of Trujillo, Peru and for Songbirds, an X-Factor style live show in Bucks. 

More recently she has discovered the delights of the ukulele and is also available to teach it from home.