Avalon Summerfield

Avalon is a soprano currently completing a masters in Historical Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with scholarship. Since graduating from the University of York in 2015 (First Class Hons), Avalon has forged a busy schedule in London as a soprano and private tutor as well as cofounding and coordinating the annual music festival, Leicester MusicFest. 


Specialising in early music and consort singing, Avalon was awarded a VOCES8 Scholarship in 2016, as well as Stile Antico's prestigious inaugural bursary for young singers in 2015, and toured to Florence with I Fagiolini as part of a series of exclusive concerts of renaissance repertoire. Avalon also sings regularly with London church choirs, including Oratory, St Bride's, Tower of London, Chelsea Royal Hospital. Recently Avalon sang with Sansara on BBC In Tune and at St John Smith's Square.

Solo engagements include Handel's Messiah, Vivaldi's Gloria, and Bach's Mass in B minor. A recent highlight was singing Ferrandini's cantata Il pianto di Maria for the opening concert of the London Handel Festival. Avalon especially enjoys working with baroque ensembles, including the Helios Ensemble, Les Inventions, The English Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble, and was privileged to perform Vivaldi's Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera with a period ensemble in the presence on Dame Janet Baker in 2015. 

In 2017, Avalon cofounded Leicester MusicFest, and as events coordinator, works to create performance opportunities, high quality music education, community projects and professional concerts for young people and amateur musicians. Avalon is also a Junior Fellow on the vocal course at MusicFest Aberystwyth.