Ann Lampard MBE
ARCM Hon ARAM
Ann Lampard was born and educated in the North East of England, studying singing with Betty Middleton. At 21 years old she won many National Festival Awards, including five awards from the Teesside International Eisteddfod, Blackpool Festival Rose Bowl, and Oxford Festival Professional Recital Award, before moving to London to study with Marjorie Thomas. She joined Glyndebourne Festival Opera after winning the Dame Maggie Teyte International Operatic Prize, and went on to sing many roles including The Countess in Figaro, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Lady Billows in Albert Herring, the Witch in Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck and the named roles in Handel’s Orlando and Alessandro. She was one of the 6 soloists to win a place in the Summer Voice Masterclasses with the late Geoffrey Parsons, at the Purcell Room, and was a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Award.
She toured the Far East giving recitals and Masterclasses before she decided to concentrate on teaching. She has been Head of Voice at the Junior Royal Academy of Music, London for 18 years. From 2000 - 2005 she divided her time between her home on the Isle of Skye in the Hebrides, commuting from Inverness Airport to Sussex to teach and adjudicate. She is also voice advisor to the Benedictine Order, regularly giving master classes and lessons to enclosed sisters in Abbeys all over the British Isles. She is also a British Federation Voice Adjudicator.
She was awarded her Hon. ARAM, from the Royal Academy of Music at a reception in the David Josefowitz Hall in March 2004.
In July 2005 she retired from the JRAM handing on the reins to old pupil Sara Reynolds, and now adjudicates all over the UK, and has a large teaching practice in Skye, she has formed Inner Sound, a vocal group made up of pupils, who, in conjunction with some of Ann’s prior, and now professional pupils perform and tour with a fully staged and costumed Gilbert and Sullivan opera - so much for retirement!
In 2015 Ann was honoured at the highest level when she was awarded an MBE for her services to music. A wonderful ceremony at Buckingham Palace was fitting climax to her career.
Ann Masterclassing in Hong Kong 2016
Julia Kennard originally from the North East of England, studied piano and accompaniment at the Royal College of Music. Solo recitals followed at the Wigmore Hall and an invitation to join the music staff at a girls boarding school in Surrey, where Ann Lampard was Head of Music. They began giving recitals together and collaborated on many musical productions.
Julia has gone on to play for choral societies, opera companies and accompany singers at the Charterhouse Summer School. Since Ann has moved to Skye, Julia has had the pleasure of working with Inner Sound on some of their Gilbert and Sullivan productions.