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Elin Manahan Thomas

Elin Manahan Thomas performed in the John Tavener for MIF13. For more details, please visit the event page by following the link in the left hand panel.

Born and bred in Swansea, Elin read Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Clare College Cambridge, before moving to the musical world and a busy career of performing, broadcasting and presenting. She released her début album, Eternal Light, in 2007 with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; and is the first singer ever to record Bach’s Alles mit Gott, a birthday ode written in 1713 and discovered in 2005.  She first received great acclaim for her performance in Bach’s St Matthew Passion at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and for her soaring top line in Allegri's Miserere for Harry Christophers. She has performed on Radio 2's Friday Night is Music Night, in Classic FM’s fifteenth birthday concert, at Songs of Praise’s ‘The Big Sing’, and gave the World Première of Sir John Tavener’s Requiem in Liverpool Cathedral, conducted by the late Richard Hickox (also recorded for EMI). Elin has appeared at the Edinburgh International Festival with the Royal Flanders Ballet; at the Wigmore Hall in recital with Florilegium; at the Konzertgebouw with Britten Sinfonia; and at the Lufthansa Festival for Radio 3. She has performed for many of the world's leading conductors, in venues around the globe. On television, Elin has appeared in BBC 2’s Birth of British Music, singing ‘Dido’s Lament’ by Purcell; in BBC 4’s series Sacred Music, in Channel 4’s How Music Works, presented by Howard Goodall; and in BBC 2’s A Musical Nativity on Christmas day, as well as being the voice of the recent Audi adverts! Elin was also the main performer in S4C’s six-part documentary Y Sopranos, and has twice been nominated for a Bafta for her presenting roles. She has released five solo albums and has appeared as a soloist on innumerable discs for many of the industry's leading record labels, with her most recent release being made Radio 3's CD of the Week. In 2012 Elin was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, which she considers her greatest honour and achievement so far - apart from having her baby boy!  In August 2012 Elin thrilled the world when she performed at the Paralympics Opening Ceremony in London before a global audience of one billion people.

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