Kizzy Lumley-Edwards is a twenty year old soprano from Whittington, Shropshire.
Kizzy’s singing journey began at the age of ten after gaining a music scholarship at Oswestry School in Shropshire. They then won a music scholarship to Ellesmere College at fourteen, where they sang with five choirs. With the Chamber Choir, they reached the finals of the BBC Songs of Praise competition and sang in the Vatican, and St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. They have achieved distinctions in all graded exams, including their DipABRSM in 2021 where they enjoyed singing a repertoire from Purcell to Barber.
Kizzy has won over forty Vocal Solo competitions, as well as coming 2nd at Llangollen International Eisteddfod 2018 and the Regional Finals of Rotary Young Singer in 2019. They have been a member of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain for seven years and have sung with the National Youth Choir and its Chamber Choir since 2021. In this time Kizzy has recorded several new compositions, featuring solos in one of the first ever performances of Rachel Portman’s ‘Earth Song’ and in Errolyn Wallen’s ‘Where The Wet Wind Sings’, plus performing the opening solo of the Christmas Carols at the Royal Albert Hall in 2021 and 2022. They have also recorded with the BBC for a new television series, Red Rose, which was released in September 2022. As part of the Future Talent initiative, Kizzy has attended two Milton Abbey courses and recorded a song as a soloist with Voces8. They are now in the 12th cohort of Genesis Sixteen, working alongside Harry Christophers and Eamonn Dougan.
In 2018, Kizzy joined RNCM’s Junior Conservatoire, where they studied singing under Jenny Heslop, sang with Vocal Ensemble and led a close harmony group. They currently attend the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama as part of the class of 2025 on the BMus Vocal course. They studied under Lorna Anderson in their first year, but are now learning with James Gilchrist. While studying in Cardiff, Kizzy has had a professional placement with the BBC National Chorus of Wales and is currently singing in a professional octet at Cardiff Oratory.
Kizzy’s involvement with the Whittington Music Festival started in 2014 when they played the violin as part of the Young Musicians ensemble, aged 11. They returned to the festival in 2021 to sing at the “After Show Party” and have been delighted to participate in subsequent festivals as one of the professional musicians.