Since completing her studies at the London College of Music, where she was awarded the Lloyd Webber Performance prize, and Trinity College of Music, Carol - Anne has enjoyed a wide variety of performance genres, from oratorio to musical theatre and outreach projects for the Council for Music in Hospitals.
Roles performed include, Amor (Coronation of Poppea), Barbarina (Marriage of Figaro), First Geni & Papagana (Magic Flute), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Hansel (Hansel & Gretel) Tuptim (King & I), Young Sally (Follies), Florinda (Into the woods) Yum Yum (Mikado). Carol-Anne created the role of Lucie Drefus, in Drefus, by Bryan Kessleman for the London International Jewish Music Festival and performed excerpts from Bryan's Paddington Pollaky for the final showcase of the Flourish Composers' Competition for Opera up Close at the Kings Head Theatre.
Oratorio performances include, The Christmas Storey (Schutz), St John’s Passion (Bach), Requiem (Mozart) Maria Theresa Mass (Hayden), Messe Solennelle (Rossini) and in Terra Pax (Finzi).
As a professional chorister Carol-Anne has been a member of the John McCarthy Singers, Ambrosian opera Chorus, London Voices, Classical Productions, Thursford Christmas Spectacular, The G & S Company, and the Geoffrey Mitchell Singers for Opera Rara and deputised on numerous occasions at the West London Synagogue and the choir of Central Hall Westminster.
With Vocalissimo (formally Not Pavarotti) she has performed at various festivals including, Wandsworth Arts Festival, Mole Valley Arts Alive and the Lake District International Music Festival.
Carol-Anne's recital programme If Music be the Food of Love has been performed in London and the South East at venues including St Brides, Lauderdale House, Southwark Playhouse, The Bletchingley Centre, Mandeville Place Concerts and the Bosendorfer Concert Series.
Most recently Carol-Anne has devised a recital programme, A Celebration of Poets and Song which she has performed at various venues including the NPL Music Society, Westminster Central Music Library, The Axion Concert Series, St Mary's Battersea Winter Music Series and St Saviours' Church Eastbourne. This programme has recently been performed by Trio Cavatina ( soprano, piano and narrator).
B Minor Mass
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben
St. John PassionPeasant Cantata
Wachet Auf, Ruft Uns Die Stimme
In Terra Pax
Maria Theresa Mass
St. Nicholas Mass
Missa Brevis St. Johammis
Hear my Prayer
O Magnum Mysterium
Mass in C
O Praise the Lord (Chandos Anthem no. 9
Petite Messe Solemelle
|Man, man is for a woman made
Music For a While
Art Thou Troubled
Un Moto Di Gioia
|Menuet & Trio
|Sonata in B minor||Haydn
|Interval Twenty Minutes|
|Ships of Arcady
A Blackbird Singing
|Song Without Words
Andante Moderato From Pieces
Breves Opus 84
L'aÏ dè Rotso
Breves Opus 84
|Could I Leave You?
Not a Day Goes By
Merrily We Roll Along
Lady in The Dark
If Music be the Food of Love is an hour and twenty minutes in length buy can be shortened to accommodate lunch time recitals, etc.
The following repetoire can be inserted as alternative items to the programme
|In Uomini in Soldati||Cosi Fan Tutti||Mozart|
|Il Vecchioto Cercá Moglie||Barber of Seville||Rossini|
|The White Peace||Bax|
|Sweet and Low||Williamson|
|The Lamb and the Dove||Armstrong-Gibbs|
|What Good Would the Moon Be?||Street Scene||Weill|
|Featuring a programme based around famous, and not so famous poets rather than composers, including Shakespeare, Verlaine, Goethe, Ledwidge and Macleod, with musical settings from Thomas Morley to Benjamin Britten|
|Reading: Louise de Bernières: Love is a Temporary Madness|
|William Shakespeare Text: It was a lover and his lass
Reading: William Shakespeare: Sonnet XXIV
William Butler Yeats Text: Down by the Salley Gardens
Reading: William Butler Yeats: When you are old
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Text: Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt
|Reading: English translation of the text|
Intermezzo in B minor, op. 119 no.1: Brahms
|Paul Verlaine Text: Mandoline|
|Reading: English translation of the text|
|Christina Rossetti Text: When a Mounting Skylark Sings|
|Skylark and Nightingale: John Ireland|
|Reading: Christina Rossetti: The Green Cornfield|
|The Lamb and the Dove: Cecil Armstrong Gibbs|
|Fiona Macleod Text: The Lonely Hunter|
|The White Peace: Arnold Bax|
|Reading: Fiona Macleod: The Lonely Hunter|
|Sheiling Song: Arnold Bax|
|To the Spring, op. 43 no. 6 Grieg|
|Francis Ledwidge Text: The Singer's Muse|
|A Black Bird Singing: Michael Head|
|Reading: Francis Ledwidge: The Singer's Muse|
|Beloved: Michael Head|
Carol-Anne Grainger narrated the ballet, The Small House of Uncle Thomas, with great style...
I was struck by the effortless beauty of Carol-Anne Grainger's I Know that my Redeemer Liveth
The range of her voice, from enormous power to soft delicacy suited well the varied moods of the music
Thank you Carol-Anne for such lovely music during the wedding service. Although we were signing the register while you were singing, we could hear your beautiful voice clearly...
Carol-Anne and her accompanist have given us a real treat with an ambitious and well-conceived programme
ranging from Purcell, Handel and Mozart to theatre songs by Weil and Sondheim. You have made a lot of friends tonight
Thank you for your well thought-out performance which obviously the audience enjoyed and appreciated
Many thanks to you and John for coming yesterday and giving us your excellent recital. It was lovely to hear such a range of words and music, and a welcome change from our usual piano or instrumental repertoire. As you could tell, it was much appreciated by the audience.
Thank you so much for a wonderful recital last night, we really appreciate both you and Andrew giving up your time to come here and give such a lovely performance for our local residents
Very entertaining and enjoyable, a different slant on composers and songs. Made me cry… incredibly beautiful, you are doing awesome things here as well.
It was a pleasure to be there and to hear such a well chosen selection of songs delightfully performed.
Thank you for your fascinating concert. It has been very interesting hearing the comments from various audience members - they loved the mix of poetry and song and the opportunity of hearing different settings of the same lyric.
|Jesus Saviour St. Matthew Passion||Laudate Dominium - Vespers|
|Ave Maria||Regular Royal Queen|
|L'eau de la Source||Not a Day Goes By|