Born in Cornwall, Natalie Clifton Griffith, soprano, graduated from the Birmingham Conservatoire in 1996 with a First Class Bachelor of Music Honours Degree and was also awarded the B.Mus. Graduates’ Year Prize. She completed her training at the Royal College of Music with Elizabeth Robson. During this time she won the 1998 Bach-Handel Prize, was awarded Second Prize at the 1998 Great Elm Vocal Awards and was a finalist in the 1997 Lies Askonas Competition.
Her many and varied engagements have already included Filia Iepthae Jephtha at the 1998 Turku Festival in Finland, the Bach Magnificat at the Barbican Hall with the English Chamber Orchestra, the St John Passion in Chelmsford and Lichfield Cathedrals, Canteloube Songs of the Auvergne with the Bath Philharmonia, Ancilla The Denial of St Peter and de Lalande Dies Irae at the BBC Proms, Messiah in Exeter Cathedral with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Solomon’s Queen Solomon and Mystery The Fairy Queen at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, First Fairy A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the CBSO and the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 at St John’s, Smith Square.
Operatic rôles have included Venus Venus and Adonis, Amore L’Egisto, Barbarina Le nozze di Figaro, The Princess L’enfant et les sortilèges and, most recently, Jane Boys and Girls Come Out to Play (Robin Holloway) for the Cambridge Opera Group, Queen of the Night Die Zauberflöte for Pegasus Opera, Belinda Dido and Aeneas with Ex Cathedra and Timea La liberta contenta at The Barber Institute.
Natalie Clifton-Griffith recently recorded Rodrigo’s Ausencias de Dolcinea and Himnos de los neofitos de Qumran with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and her future engagements include the St John Passion for Birmingham Bach Choir, Handel Messiah for the East Cornwall Bach Choir and in Bristol Cathedral and Ode on Queen Anne’s Birthday for the London Pro Arte Choir, Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 in Sheffield Cathedral, Mozart Mass in C Minor in Exeter Cathedral and Rutter Psalmfest for the Chandos Choir, Solihull.