Skinner was born in Cheshire and studied music at the University of
Bristol. Since graduating in 1992 she has worked as a singer,
flautist, singing teacher and choral director. She is currently
based in Birmingham.
In work as
a soloist with choirs, her repertoire includes the Requiems of
Mozart, Brahms, Faure and Durufle, Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Bach’s
Mass in B minor and the St. Matthew and St. John Passions. She also
performs Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Tippett’s A Child of our Time,
and she sang the soprano solo in a live broadcast of Duke
Ellington’s Sacred Songs on BBC Radio 4.
She has sung
with the Emerald Ensemble,
the Lorien Ensemble and the Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra. Her
repertoire includes Vivaldi Cantatas and Motets, Mozart, Exultate
Jubilate, Canteloube, Songs of the Auvergne and Finzi, Dies Natalis.
operatic roles include Liu (Turandot), Nanetta (Falstaff), Pamina
(The Magic Flute), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Susanna and Barbarina
(The Marriage of Figaro), and Belinda (Dido and Aeneas). In musical
theatre she has played Eliza (My Fair Lady) and Aldonza (Man of La
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