Áine Smith


Áine began singing with the Nidus Children’s Choir, based in Cwmbran. With this group, she performed a number of times at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod, and in 2015, competed in the World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia, winning a silver medal. As a teenager, Áine held choral scholarships with the Crickhowell Choral Society and at Hereford Sixth Form College. 

Áine read Music at Merton College Oxford, graduating in 2021 with a first-class degree. In the summer, she completed a postgraduate MSt in Musicology, receiving a Distinction, where her research broadly concerned the musical body. Throughout her time at Oxford, Áine held a choral scholarship with the Merton College Choir, participating in a busy and international liturgical and concert programme. She also sang with the Magdalen College Consort of Voices, and regularly performed with student-led ensembles, such as the Delius Singers and the Selene S. As a soloist, Áine had her operatic debut with New Chamber Opera as an undergraduate, singing Haydn’s La Vera Costanza in New College, Oxford in 2020. Áine has performed as a soloist on several occasions with violinist Rachel Podger in the Brecon Baroque Festival. While in Oxford, Áine has studied with Carys Lane, and has regular vocal coaching from Jeanette Massochi when at home in Wales. For the next academic year, Áine is an Associate Artist with the Tenebrae Choir, directed by Nigel Short, and is a recipient of the Genesis Sixteen scheme. 

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