Biography of Cheryl Forbes - Mezzo Soprano

Cheryl Forbes was born in Laurieston, Falkirk and having just turned seventeen was, very uniquely, accepted to all five of the UK's top music conservatoires on scholarships, ultimately choosing to study at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London where she studied with the late Johanna Peters and was the youngest singer the school had ever accepted.

Later, she continued her studies with Patricia McMahon at the RSAMD, where she obtained the Leverhulme Trust and The Sons of the Rock scholarships and subsequently in New York where she studied with operatic legend Marilyn Horne and Metropolitan Opera coach, Frederic Carama generously assisted by the Scottish Arts Council.

Cheryl has appeared in many prestigious venues and with many leading orchestras, both at home and abroad. While in London, at the age of 21, Cheryl worked as an actress (understudying the role of Nancy in Oliver) and voiceover artist, having been invited by Spike Milligan to record his Childhood Poetry, set to music by Cathy Shostak. Cheryl appears regularly as a popular artiste on the British variety and cabaret circuit working alongside many well known stars of stage and screen.

Recent and future appearances include roles with The Opera Bohemia and Scottish Opera; a cameo appearance on BBC Scotland's River City; Cancer Research's annual Christmas Carol Concert at Glasgow Cathedral; the Raymond Gubbay Hogmanay Gala in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall; soloist for Glasgow Philharmonic Male Voice Choir, City Halls; soloist for the Massed Male Voice Choirs, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall; Eugene Onegin (Madam Larina); Madama Butterfly (Suzuki) and Gianni Schicchi (Zita); as guest artiste on the NTS Baltic Cruise to St. Petersburg, on MV Saga Pearl II and Isles of my Heart: My Own Land NTS cruise; The Sloan's Project (Managaress/Wifey), NOISe Opera; Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle; Dvorak Requiem; Verdi Requiem; Haydn Nelson Mass; featured soloist in John Rutter's Feel the Spirit conducted by the composer himself; The Golden Days of Music Hall (Princess Theatre, Hunstanton) alongside Anita Harris and as guest for Arbroath Male Voice Choir's annual concert at The Webster Theatre.

Awards include Falkirk District Council's Scroll of Honour and Falkirk District Arts and Civic Council's Personality of the Year 2016, both for services to music.