Mandy Griffin, Mezzo-Soprano
Mandy is delighted to be singing again with the Isle of Man Choral Society and Symphony Orchestra. Born and bred on the Island, Mandy began singing at Peel Clothworkers School and QEII High School. She undertook her BA (Hons) in Music and Drama in Liverpool and followed that up with an MA and PhD in music at Durham University.
Since returning to the Island in 2003, Mandy has become a regular performer at the Gaiety having appeared with Taylorian Productions, the Manx Gilbert and Sullivan Society, and the Douglas Choral Union. Favourite roles include Mad Margaret in ‘Ruddygore’, Josephine in ‘HMS Pinafore’, Lady Thiang in ‘The King and I’, Glinda in ‘The Wizard of Oz’, Mrs Potts in ‘Beauty and the Beast’, And Madame Giry in ‘Phantom of the Opera’. Mandy has also been fortunate to sing with Mananan Festival Opera on a number of occasions including their productions of ‘Madame Butterfly’, La Traviata’, ‘Carmen’, ‘The Barber of Seville’ and, most recently, ‘The Italian Girl in Algiers’. She has sung in opera and recital in the UK and further afield including opera in Provence, Gilbert and Sullivan in New Zealand, a recital of Shakespeare song settings at St Paul’s Cathedral, and upon various seas (both calm and stormy!) around the world with Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, for whom she is a regular soloist.
She has been awarded the Cleveland Medal at the Manx Music Festival on four occasions and when not singing, teaches students of all ages and levels of experience. This year is particularly special for Mandy as it sees the debut of the Mannin Youth Choir whom Mandy has helped to co-ordinate and to rehearse.