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Classical Singing – Breda McKinney

Breda’s classical training began in Belfast learning oboe and cor anglais in addition to singing. While studying at the University of Ulster Breda joined the chorus of Opera Northern Ireland and performed as a soloist with a number of choirs. As a member of the liturgical music ensemble Solas Breda contributed to three CD recordings and a very successful USA tour. Upon completion of a Bachelor of Music degree Breda moved to London where she completed two Diplomas in Singing and attended the Abingdon Summer School for Solo Singers. She has since been performing as a soloist in recitals, oratorio, concerts and opera, singing principal and title roles with Harrow Opera (Dorothee, Cendrillon), Aylesbury Opera (First Woodsprite, Rusalka) and Village Opera (Gretel, Hansel and Gretel). Solo concert and recital performance venues have included Belfast Waterfront Hall, Hatfield House, Chichester Cathedral, Sutton House, the Royal College of Music Harpsichord Museum, the Bedford Park Festival 2006, Canbury Arts Festival 2009 and many concerts in London and the Home Counties. Since 2005 Breda has been a Cantor at Westminster Cathedral and she has been Director of Music at St Patrick’s Church, Central London, since 2004.

In 2007 Breda joined Irish classical music ensemble Emerald Baroque. Since then she has performed regularly with Emerald Baroque including concert engagements at Handel House, Camden New-Town Festival, Brighton Early Music Festival and other London venues. Emerald Baroque released their debut CD in April 2010.

Breda has been a member of several prestigious choirs including the London Philharmonia Chorus and Chamber Choir, and international award-winning choir, Madrigal 75, and has performed with these choirs in the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St Paul's Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral and many other venues in Ireland and the UK.

In 2000 Breda was one of three sopranos invited to perform the world premiere of Jo Estorninho’s commissioned work, Stations of Love, a series of songs about the biblical story of Easter.

Currently Breda performs regularly in London and the home counties.