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Isobel Collyer began singing professionally while still at Oxford University. She went on to study early music at the Royal College of Music and subsequently began to combine her performing career with giving classes at the Voice Workshop in London. Increasingly interested in the physical aspects of voice she went on to join the Acting Company of the Arts Educational London Schools, taking lead roles in a repertory season at the New End Theatre, Hampstead, and moving on to coach and perform in productions at the Schauburg Theatre and Konzerthaus in Karlsruhe, Germany.

 

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She has performed with a number of early and contemporary music ensembles in France, Belgium and Germany, including Collegium Vocale, Les Arts Florissants, Schola Heidelberg and the Neue Vokalsolisten Stuttgart, and taught at the Institut fur Musiktheater of the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Karlsruhe.

She has toured extensively, and sung with conductors as diverse as Philippe Herreweghe, Bernard Haitink, Peter Eotvos and William Christie. As a soloist, she has performed in St Johns' Smith Square and the Queen Elizabeth Hall, as well as on critically acclaimed recordings with Hilary Davan Wetton and the Holst Singers.

  She has given a number of first performances of works by Hugh Collins Rice, Bernard Hughes, Dave Smith, Hugh Shrapnel and Dorothee Eberhardt. Operatic roles include the Queen of the Night (Magic Flute), Cupid (Venus and Adonis) and the Unstable Woman in a staged production of Aventures and Nouvelles Aventures (Ligeti). She regularly performs recitals of Elizabethan music and Shakespearean readings with the ensemble Charivari Agréable as part of their early music by candlelight series. She has sung regularly in London churches for many years, including permanent posts at All Saints, Margaret Street and St Paul's Knightsbridge, and was for some years a BBC Daily Service singer.