Bimbi Shaw-Cotterill

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Bimbi Shaw-Cotterill

Bimbi Shaw-Cotterill (mezzo soprano) read music at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she specialised in vocal performance and was a choral scholar. She continued her studies with Eileen Price, before gaining a place on English National Opera’s course for Opera and Musical Theatre performance (“The Knack”) for which she was a Lilian Baylis Bursary recipient. Bimbi went on to obtain a Distinction Diploma in Concert Singing from the University of London under the tutelage of Hazel Wood. She is eternally grateful to have benefitted from the expert guidance of Sybil Michelow.

Bimbi regularly sings for a wide range of occasions, including wedding services, formal dinners and film premieres, working as a soloist and in small ensembles. Recent solo appearances include Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man as well as the core oratorio repertoire, including Handel’s Messiah and Haydn’s Creation.

Bimbi has also appeared as a soloist in several operettas, including Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore and HMS Pinafore and Britten’s Noyes Fludde, and as Edna in Jonathan Dove’s Opera Tobias and the Angel. Alongside her singing career, Bimbi thoroughly enjoys passing on her passion for singing, as well as working as a vocal animateur, vocal coach and conductor for children’s groups of all ages for Berkshire Music Trust.

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