Lea Cornthwaite is a singer, choir director and vocal animateur who works with children as young as 5 to adults of 95, singers and non-singers alike. Recent singing work includes:

  • World tour of Shakespeare's Globe's production of Merchant of Venice starring Jonathan Pryce.

  • As You Like It at the National Theatre starring Rosalie Craig.

  • Concerts with Joglaresa and Sing We Yule CD with Dame Emma Kirkby.

  • Double Fantasy Live as part of Yoko Ono's Meltdown at the South Bank Centre with the Sense of Sound Choir.

  • UK tour of Stroke Odysseys with music by Orlando Gough and choreography by Ben Duke.

  • Marc Almond's Torments & Toreros Live as part of Antony Hegarty's Meltdown at South Bank Centre.

  • The world premiere performance, recording and tour of Julian Marshall's cantata Out of the Darkness with the Schoolhouse 6 Ensemble.

  • Migration Music with the Sense of Sound Choir and beatboxer Shlomo, directed by Matthew Xia at Liverpool Everyman Theatre.

  • The Last Pearly, a play with music with Pinhole Theatre Company directed by Lucy Bradley at Rich Mix, London.


Recent projects include:

  • Putting together a choir for the Gaz Coombes Queen Elizabeth Hall gig presenting his new album Matador and recording a special version of the title track.

  • Big Big Sing, a national singing project that tied in with the Glasgow Commonwealth Games of 2014. He is one of Big Big Sing's Choir Doctors.

  • One of the rehearsal directors for the massive indie choir Some Voices, whose recent gigs include Oval Space, South Bank Centre & KOKO in Camden. "The closest you might get to being a rock star" - The Guardian.

  • Chorus master for a choir from South Bank's Voicelab who performed in the world premiere of Neil Hannon's To Our Father's In Distress in the Royal Festival Hall with the BBC Concert Orchestra under Rebecca Miller, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

  • Vocal Director for Glyndebourne Youth Opera 2 in Into The Harbour, Carry Me Home on the main stage at Glyndebourne as part of the Benjamin Britten Centenary & Glyndebourne Youth Opera 1 in Luke Styles' Tycho's Dream.

  • Conducting 600 singers in the world premiere of Rondo Latino by Karl Jenkins at the Royal Albert Hall for Music for Youth's School Proms.

  • Vocal director for Garsington Opera's Road Rage by Orlando Gough and Richard Stilgoe, directed by Karen Gillingham.

  • Leading singing with the BBCConcert Orchestra for BBC Music Nation and BBC Music Mix concerts.

  • Vocal direction of the Royal Opera House Youth Company for a mainstage production of Hot House by Julian Grant, directed by Tom Guthrie.

  • AMD on Harvey Brough & Lee Hall's opera Beached for Opera North, directed by Karen Gillingham.

  • Chorus master on The Royal Opera House's Ludd & Isis by Richard Taylor, directed by Tom Guthrie.

  • Assistant director on the RPS award nominated Confucius Says by Richard Taylor at the Hackney Empire, directed by Clare Whistler.

  • Vocal animateur on Jonathan Dove's RPS award winning cantata On Spital Fields, directed by Clare Whistler.


He has also worked on many other projects with Opera North, ENO, the LSO, Sing Up, Glyndebourne, Garsington Opera, the Barbican Centre, the Southbank Centre, National Youth Theatre, Spitalfields Music, Hackney Music Development Trust, Youth Music & many others.

Lea has a particular interest in singing for health and wellbeing and recently stepped down after 12 years as MD of 'Mind & Soul', a choir based at the Maudsley Hospital in London since 2006 that aims to break down stigma surrounding mental health problems. He also worked for several years with patients & staff at Rampton Secure Hospital. He helped set up a choir based at Micro Rainbow International, made up of LGBT refugees and asylum seekers.