Fiona won a scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama after gaining a 1st Class honours degree in music at Birmingham Conservatoire. She has been the subject of a BBC documentary and has studied with Marie McLaughlin. Fiona has won numerous awards and scholarships, most notably the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Ian Fleming award, the Crompton Lied Award and First prize in the John Warner memorial competition. Fiona was chosen by Kate Rothschild and Ben Goldsmith to be the soloist at their ‘wedding of the decade’. A review in The Spectator deemed her performance “worthy of Callas”.
Operatic roles include: Nedda (Pagliacci) Hanoi Opera House, Vietnam Symphony Orchestra, Where she wowed audiences and critics alike by cart-wheeling down the stage for her first entrance! Josephine (HMS Pinafore) Opera della Luna, Patience (Patience) Fiordiligi (Cosi fan Tutte) London Touring Opera at Beauforthuis Festival (Zeist, Netherlands), Musetta (cover) in Francesca Zambello’s acclaimed production of La Bohème for Raymond Gubbay and the Royal Albert Hall, The Mother (Hansel and Gretel) Buxton Festival, Mercédès (Carmen) for Garden Opera, The Aunt (Madam Butterfly) Raymond Gubbay and the Royal Albert Hall, Santuzza (cover) for Raymond Gubbay and the Royal Albert Hall, Josephine (HMS Pinafore) and Solange (Not in front of the Waiter) and Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana) for Kentish Opera, Dido (Dido & Aeneas) Venus Elle (Thésée) cond. William Christie, broadcast on BBC radio Performance on 3 as well as performances in Avignon opera-théatre, Utrecht Muziekcentrum vredenburg, theater de Caen and Barbican in London and (la voix humaine).
Fiona has given several acclaimed performances of Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne and Richard Strauss' Four Last Songs, notably with The Guildford Symphony Orchestra, Oxford Symphony Orchestra and The Oxford University Orchestra at the Oxford Town Hall and The Sheldonian Theatre. She has appeared with the London Gala Orchestra and has sung prom concerts alongside Aled Jones. She has performed Verdi arias with The Oxford Philomusica under Marios Papadopoulos and has worked regularly with Darrell Davison and his countless orchestras in the South East. More recently, Fiona returned to her native Suffolk to sing two performances of Britten’s War Requiem in Bury St Edmunds Cathedral.
Recital and oratorio work have taken her all over Europe. Her vast oratorio repertoire includes: Bach St Matthew Passion, St John Passion, Mass in B minor, Christmas Oratorio, Beethoven Mass in C, Brahms Requiem, Britten War Requiem, Bruckner Mass in F, Dvorák Stabat mater, Elgar The Spirit of England, The Kingdom, Fauré Requiem, Handel Messiah, Dixit Dominus, Jephtha, Haydn Maria Theresa Mass, Nelson Mass, Creation, Paukenmass, Harmonie Mass, Hummel Mass in D, Janácek Glagolitic Mass, Mendelssohn Elijah, Hymn of Praise, Mozart Requiem, Mass in C minor, Exsultate jubilate, Regina Coeli, Vesparae solennes de Confessore, Orff Carmina Burana, Poulenc Gloria Rutter Magnificat, Schubert Mass in B flat, Mass in G, Stravinsky Mass, Tippett A child of our time, Verdi Requiem, Vivaldi Gloria and Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony.
Soprano Fiona Hammacott was the most outstanding singer of the evening.”
Outdoor Prom Concert