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Ana Beard Fernandez - voice

Ana's vocal versatility and her passion for performing have carved her an exciting niche in the UK classical music scene. Born in Manchester, she received a vocal chorister scholarship to Chetham's School of Music at the age of 9, studying with Helen Francis and Christopher Stokes. With Manchester Cathedral Choir, she performed on BBC Songs of Praise, sang in several BBC Radio 3 broadcasts, and toured the east coast of the USA and the north of France. Upon leaving Chetham's in 2006 she joined the Halle Youth Choir and Orchestra, where she gave her solo debut as the cante-jondo soloist in De Falla's El Sombrero de Tres Picos with the Halle at the Bridgewater Hall. With the Halle Youth Choir, she sang at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, and in the summer of 2010 toured to Venice, a trip that included a concert in St. Mark's Basilica. Other highlights of her time with the choir include performing on UK rock band Elbow's album Build A Rocket Boys which led to performances on 'Comic Relief' and broadcasts on BBC Radio 1, and singing on the Halle's highly-acclaimed recording of Elgar's Dream of Gerontius with Bryn Terfel and Alice Coote. Ana's website