Having graduated from Exeter University, England, with a BA (Hons) in Music and German, Elspeth worked in administration in Trinity College Dublin before moving to The Rower, Co. Kilkenny. She is a mezzo-soprano, choral conductor and vocal coach, and teaches singing and beginners piano.
Choral singing has played a major part throughout Elspeth’s life, having sung in choirs since her schooldays living near Edinburgh. At University she sang with the Exeter University Singers, and with Chorus Sine Nomine in Vienna. On moving to Dublin she sang with the Irish Youth Choir, Cantique and Christchurch Cathedral Choir, followed by a number of years singing with the RTE Philharmonic Choir. She firmly believes in the positive power of choral singing.
Since moving permanently to the South East, Elspeth has sung with Ad Hoc Chorale in Waterford, and In Caelo Chamber choir in Inistioge. She is choral coach and assistant director of In Caelo, and has run a children’s choir locally. She has trained as a choral conductor at the Association of Irish Choirs Summer School.
As a mezzo-soprano, Elspeth is currently completing a Master of Music (Performance) at Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music and Drama, where she studies with Jennifer Hamilton and Mary Scarlett. Recent performances include Berio Folk Songs under the baton of David Brophy at the John Field Room, NCH, Chorus member and cover Second Secretary for Wide Open Opera’s production of John Adams’ opera Nixon in China conducted by Fergus Sheil, the premiere of Andrew Synnott’s opera Breakdown in the NCH, January 2015, and the part of Amor in DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama Opera Studio’s production of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea.