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Chester born Soprano Heather Heighway graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire with FirstClass Honours in 2013. Whilst at the Conservatoire she studied with Anne Dawson and had regular coaching sessions with Julian Pike, Jane Robinson, Stephen Barlow, Robin Bowman, Simon Nichols and Philip White. She has also taken part in Masterclasses with Lyndon van der Pump, Michael Chance and Robin Bowman. Heather is now based in Willaston and studies in London with Elizabeth Ritchie.

Heather has been involved in many of the Conservatoire’s productions playing a fox cub in The Cunning Little Vixen by Janacek, Rose Maurrant in Street Scene by Kurt Weill, Cobweb in Midsummer Nights Dream by Britten (Opera Excerpts), 2nd Niece in Peter Grimes by Britten (Opera Excerpts), and Emperor Nerone in Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea (Opera Excerpts). In her final year at the Conservatoire Heather played the lead roll - The Mother in the play Blood Wedding by Lorca which proved to be an extremely beneficial experience. Since leaving college Heather has played numerous operatic roles including Susannah in Le Nozze Di Figaro by Mozart, Adele in Die Fledermaus by Strauss, Valencienne in The Merry Widow by Lehar, Olympia in the Tales of Hoffman by Offenbach, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky, Micaela in Carmen by Bizet, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni by Mozart and Gilda in Rigoletto by Verdi. In August 2014, Heather sang with Co Opera Co in London in 'The Cunning Little Vixen' playing the Frog and Frantik. She also sang in the chorus of Carmen at the Roof Top Proms. In 2016 Heather had her debut role with Heritage Opera playing Zerlina in Don Giovanni by Mozart.

Heather has won many prizes across the North West including a Recital Prize at the Mrs Sunderland Music Festival in Huddersfield and she was the Chester Young Musician of the year in 2011. Whilst at the Conservatoire Heather won The Reginald Vincent Lieder Prize (Adjudicated by Adrian Thompson), second place in The Edwards Brooks English Song Prize (Adjudicated by Lyndon van der Pump) and was a finalist in the Mario Lanza Opera Prize. Heather was also awarded the Ella Cheshire Scholarship and The Gordon Clinton English Song Prize.

She has performed as a guest soloist with 'The Chester Male Voice Choir' and the 'Chester Ladies Choir’. Heather has been the soprano soloist in choral works: In Terra Pax by Finzi, Faure’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, Schuberts Mass in G, Mozarts C Minor Mass and Bach's Saint John Passion.

Heather has a love for new music and has sung in two new Operas. She played Missy in Off the Beaten Track by student Composer James Oldham, and has recently recorded the role of Phaedra in Hippolytus by Daniel Lewis Fardon, who also studied at the Conservatoire. Heather has worked with the composer Simon Emmerson, performing his piece for voice and tape Time Past IV across the Midlands.

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