I’ve been a professional singer for over twenty five years now. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some of the great musicians of our time in many different genres. I’ve performed concerts everywhere from La Scala, Milan to Carnegie Hall.
I trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London’s Barbican Centre (studying with Laura Sarti) and went straight into Opera. Two years later I joined the a cappella group The Swingle Singers and toured the world with them for ten years. I did a lot of very detailed recording during my time with the group and sang in many different styles which was a great training for my current session work.
On leaving the Swingle Singers, I started to specialise in contemporary music on microphone, working with composers like Steve Reich and Luciano Berio and singing with Synergy Vocals as soloists for orchestras all over the world.
Alongside this I have a busy career as a session singer for TV and film soundtracks and backing singing for Audio CDs.
I also love to sing Jazz and premiered a Jazz Song Cycle Portrait of a Woman at the Arundel Festival. This was written for me by David Newton who was voted best Jazz Pianist in the British Jazz awards for the thirteenth time in 2014. You can watch videos of this concert at www.youtube.com/heathercairncross
In the last few years I have been lucky enough to rekindle my love of Baroque music and am a regular member of the Monteverdi Choir with Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducting. With the choir I have sung the Alto Solos in both Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Bach’s B Minor Mass and his Advent Cantatas, and appeared on the Grammy winning recording of Bach Motets, amongst others.