Born in Derbyshire, Harriet Eyley is the recipient of a First Class BMus Honours degree, a Distinction in her MMus degree and was awarded the prestigious DipRAM for an outstanding final recital and master’s dissertation from the Royal Academy of Music. She is a young soprano currently undertaking an Artistic Diploma in Opera as the Siow-Furniss Scholar in the Royal College of Music’s International Opera School under the tutelage of Tim Evans-Jones and the continued guidance of Lillian Watson.
Harriet’s most notable achievements include sole female prize winner in the 2011 Kathleen Ferrier Bursary for Young Singers and a winner in the Association of English Singers and Speakers Courtney Kenny Competition 2014, performing her theme ‘Why love?’ Harriet was a member of the Royal Academy of Music Song Circle (an elite group comprised of the Academy’s finest versatile singers) a Scholar of The Worshipful Company of Fishmongers’ and The Worshipful Company of Cutlers. She received the Academy’s Toni V Fell, Arthur Burcher and Rutson Memorial awards for gaining some of the highest academic results amongst her peers.
A great deal of Harriet’s passion for music lies in opera. Most recently she made her debut for the Royal College of Music as Serpetta in La Finta Giardiniera (Mozart) under the direction of Harry Fehr, and has since performed as Clotilde in Handel’s Faramondo for the London Handel Festival,which won her critical acclaim. Harriet has performed for British Youth Opera as Nora in Riders to the Sea (Vaughan Williams), Una Novizia and Gheradino for Royal Academy Opera and has been called to audition for both the Royal Opera House’s production of Tannhäuser and Garsington Opera. She made her debut at St. John’s Smith Square in 2015 in The Fairy Queen (Purcell). Other opera credits include: Asteria, Tamerlano, Hélène, La belle Hélène, Catherine, La jolie fille de Perth, Dido and Belinda, Dido and Aeneas. Harriet has had the pleasure of performing at Guildford and Derby Cathedrals, De Montfort Hall, The Science Museum, The Barbican, RADA Studios and Rickmansworth Masonic School for Girls. She has also been performed live for BBC Radio 3 InTune and has appeared as a featured soloist for HRH The Prince of Wales, performing in a Gala Concert held at Buckingham Palace. Works include: Exsultate Jubilate, Solemn Vespers, Requiem (Mozart), Mass in C (Beethoven), Ballad for Heroes (Britten) and Dona Nobis Pacem (Vaughan Williams). Other oratorio works include: Gloria and Magnificat (Vivaldi), Messiah and Jeptha (Handel).
During her early years, Harriet received vocal training from Coral Gould MBE and was a second study pianist at the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire. Harriet remains thankful for past and present support including the Jennifer Vyvyan Scholarship, The Countess of Munster, Josephine Baker and Drake Calleja Trusts and Help Musicians UK.