Finalist, opera class, David Clover Festival of Singing (2018)
Second prize, recital class, David Clover Festival of Singing (2018)
Joint First Prize, Elisabeth Schumann Lieder Prize, Trinity Laban (2017)
Trinity Laban English Song Competition, with Neus Peris (2017)
Roy Pleasance Competition (2016)
'Virtue — even when beautifully sung as here, by the soprano Aimee Presswood — does not get its reward.' Christopher Webber in Opera Magazine, September 2017, for Trinity Laban's L'incoronazione di Poppea, July 2017. (2017)
Aimee completed a Masters in vocal performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where she studied singing with Sophie Grimmer. Whilst at Trinity, she won First Prize in the Roy Pleasance Competition and in the English Song Competition, and was joint winner of the Elisabeth Schumann Lieder Prize, the latter two with her duo partner Neus Peris. Aimee recently won second prize in the recital class at the David Clover Singers' Platform, and was a finalist in the opera class. Aimee graduated from the University of Manchester with a first class degree in Music in 2014, specialising in vocal performance and musicology. She grew up in Hong Kong and South Africa before returning to the UK aged 9.
As a soloist, Aimee performs a range of opera, oratorio and lieder. Recent operatic roles include Lucy (Menotti's The Telephone) and Virtù (L'incoronazione di Poppea). She has sung Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with Halesowen Symphony Orchestra and with the University of Manchester Symphony Orchestra, and was a soloist in Bach's Magnificat and Cantata 191 with The Suffolk Ensemble at the Snape Maltings Concert Hall. Aimee enjoys performing contemporary music; she recently premiered Rotem Sherman's song cycle 'Little Matters' with the Trinity Laban wind orchestra, sang in Daniel Chappell's new ballet-opera 'Liturgie' with Spectra Ensemble which appeared at the 2017 Tête-á-Tête festival, and in 2017 was part of Oliver Beer's live installation 'Resonance Project' at Thaddaeus Ropac's Mayfair gallery. Aimee's oratorio work particularly includes major works by Bach, Handel, Mozart; please see her list of previous performances for more details. Aimee's favourite solo repertoire is late-Romantic lieder, particularly Viennese repertoire of Schoenberg's school and both Mahlers.
As a choral singer, Aimee has sung with groups including The Sixteen, Siglo d'Oro, Reverie and Turton Consort. She is a member of the new Chamber Choir of London, and was in the National Youth Choir of Great Britain Fellowship and Genesis Sixteen. She is a professional singer with the Philharmonia Chorus.
Aimee teaches singing at St Helen's in Northwood and at St Marylebone School, and as an assistant vocal coach for London Oriana Choir. She has also done education work for Wandsworth Music Service, National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Ulster Youth Choir, One Education Music Service and VCM Foundation (Voces8/Apollo5). She has conducted ensembles including Opera Seria, Salford Choral Society, Preston Cecilian Choral Society, St. John’s Cathedral Choir in Salford, Keele Bach Choir, Stafford Choral Society, Ad Solem Chamber Choir, Manchester University Chorus, and the university's Cosmo Singers. She has also conducted for the Hallé's corporate choirs scheme, and was the Musical Director of Macclesfield Mydel Choir from 2015 to 2016.
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