Described by the Guardian as “especially impressive,” Patricia Auchterlonie is a Canadian soprano living and working in London. She is a passionate performer of new compositions, experimental and unheard music, equally at home in opera and chamber music. She is interested in playing with the voice, experimenting with performance practice and cross-arts collaborating well as more traditional forms of music-making.
Patricia's 2020/2021 work will include (COVID permitting!) performances of Stockhausen's Sternklang with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and the premiere of Alastair White's techno-fashion opera RUNE at the Hackney Round Chapel for Tete-a-Tete.
Patricia has worked with Music Theatre Wales, Plus Minus Ensemble, London Contemporary Music Festival, An Assembly, Borough New Music, Orpheus Sinfonia, Illuminate Women's Music, and in the LSO Festival This Is Rattle. She has recorded for NMC & ShevaCollection and has been broadcast on BBC Radio Three and Resonance FM's Sound Out. She has performed in venues all across the UK including Wigmore Hall and The Barbican Centre while regularly working in non-traditional performing spaces including Colourspace, the Courtauld Gallery, The Drawing Room and APT Deptford.
She was the 2017/18 Carne Junior Fellow at Trinity Laban and holds a master’s degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is one half of sax-voice duo, Honkus with saxophonist David Zucchi. Patricia is also an avid reader, an amateur seamstress and a shameless lover of the banjo (which she plays with enthusiasm rather than skill).
In the Press...
"...Patricia Auchterlonie was especially impressive in Harrison Birtwistle’s Nine Settings of Celan."
- Guardian Review of Ades: This is Rattle in 2018
"I have never heard insanity so beautifully rendered as it was by Auchterlonie and Berg, who gave us a version that was as close to perfect as makes no difference... the Soper was transcendent."
- Miles Hedley reviewing Kate Soper's Only the Words Themselves Mean What They Say for the Greenwich Visitor
"It was the first of many occasions during the concert when Auchterlonie’s performance was devastatingly effective, her impassioned delivery proving to be deeply moving... But nothing brought the world to a halt more than the Lament of Isis on the Death of Osiris by... Elisabeth Lutyens. Performed by Patricia Auchterlonie alone, where she had earlier articulated a distressed, fragile lament, now she went to the opposite end of the emotional spectrum, articulating some of the most blistering grief i’ve ever heard... there wasn’t a moment of Lutyens’ music that wasn’t racked with pain, here rendered angry, unfathomable and infinite. A mesmerising, literally stunning performance, that quite rightly received by far the longest and loudest applause."
- 5:4 reviewing Illuminate Women's Music at Birmingham Centrala