Elin Manahan Thomas
Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas was born in Gorseinon in 1977 and read Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Clare College Cambridge, where she was a member of the choir and came to the attention of Sir John Eliot Gardiner, subsequently joining the Monteverdi Choir and taking postgraduate vocal studies at the Royal College of Music. In 2005 she gave the first-ever performance of JS Bach’s recently rediscovered birthday ode Alles mit Gott with Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists; two years later the work featured on her debut solo album Eternal Light (alongside music by Hildegard von Bingen, Monteverdi, Handel, Pergolesi and Vivaldi). Her discography also includes Joh Rutter’s Requiem (with her old college choir), Let the bright seraphim with Armonico Consort on Signum, Elgar’s The Starlight Express with Sir Andrew Davis and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and numerous solo contributions to albums by The Sixteen and the Monteverdi Choir. In 2018 she performed Handel’s Eternal Source of Light Divine at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Further Reading: Elin Manahan Thomas
The young Welsh soprano’s debut solo album, Eternal Light, features music by Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Arne, Pergolesi and Hildegard von Bingen.