Miriam Allan graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Newcastle (Australia), with first class honours and the University Medal. Awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award by the Federal Government, she recently completed a Master of Creative Arts (Music).
Miriam has appeared as a soloist with many leading orchestras and choirs including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Concerto Copenhagen, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and the London Handel Orchestra. Her repertoire includes Bachís Magnificat, St John Passion and Christmas Oratorio, Handelís Messiah, Gloria and Dixit Dominus, the Faurť Requiem and the title role in Purcellís Dido and Aeneas.
With harpsichordist Rosalind Halton and cellist Jamie Hey, Miriam has given recitals throughout Australia of 17th and 18th century music. She has also performed a diverse range of Romantic and contemporary chamber works. She has appeared as a guest artist with such ensembles as The Song Company, Sounds Baroque and chacona, the latter also in a live national broadcast for ABC Classic FM. As a professional chorister she is associated with Ex Cathedra, Polyphony (both in the UK), ACO Voices and Cantillation, for whom she also records both for broadcast and CD/DVD.
For Pinchgut Opera Miriam, as a member of Cantillation, has performed as a chorus member; she also covered the title role in their inaugural production, Handelís Semele, and had a minor principal role in their most recent production, Purcellís Fairy Queen. Miriamís discography includes Olimpia and Dreaming Transportation (ABC Classics), Voices and Vision (University of Newcastle) and Prayer Dances Ė a disc of works by Australian composer Christian Heim. She has also appeared on soundtracks for the Sydney Theatre Company and for the feature film The Man Who Sued God.
Engagements in 2003 included the world premiere of contemporary music theatre work Dreaming Transportation for the Sydney Festival, the Australian premiere of the reconstruction of Bachís St Mark Passion with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs under Arvo Volmer, and Pergolesiís Stabat Mater in Newcastle. In May, Miriam was runner-up in the London Handel Society Singing Competition. She appeared in concert in Germany for Euroclassic Festival and in a performance of the Monteverdi Vespers in Melbourne. She was also heard in broadcasts on ABC Radio National, in performances of Dreaming Transportation and a program on Spanish poet Garcia Lorca.
In 2004 Miriam has made her debut at the Leipzig Gewandhaus as the soprano soloist in Bachís Mass in B minor with the Gewandhaus Kammerchor. She has given private concerts at the Handel House in London with acclaimed harpsichordist Laurence Cummings and made her debut at the Halle Handel Festival in June with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Concerto Copenhagen under the direction of Lars Ulrik Mortensen. Future engagements include a recording for Tall Poppies of Handel Cantatas and further performances and recordings in Germany, Melbourne and Sydney.
Miriam relocated to London in January 2003, where she performs, teaches at the Westminster Under School and racks up a lot of frequent flyer miles!