Alicia Gurney (mezzo-soprano) studies with Ryland Davies and has completed the Birkbeck Certificates of Higher Education in Concert Singing and Opera. Last year she performed in British Youth Opera’s production of Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, and other roles have included Dorabella, Così fan tutte (Elemental Opera), and Second Witch, Dido and Aeneas (Iris Theatre). She won second prize in the Association of English Singers and Speakers’ Courtney Kenny Competition in 2010, and holds the DipABRSM in Singing with Distinction. She sings regularly at St Simon Zelotes’ Church in Chelsea, and also with the Herschel Singers, the Syred Consort and Convivium Singers. Alicia has a MA in Medieval Studies, specialising in the troubadours of twelfth-century Occitania.