Biography of Cheryl Forbes - Mezzo Soprano

One of the most exciting and versatile singers of her generation, Cheryl Forbes was born in Falkirk and, at age seventeen, was accepted to all five of the UK’s music conservatoires, ultimately choosing to study at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London with Johanna Peters. She subsequently completed her studies at the RSAMD under Patricia MacMahon, and from 2008 she was one of only a handful of singers to study privately with Marilyn Horne and Metropolitan Opera coach, Frederic Carama in New York.

Cheryl has worked with many of the biggest names in TV, Radio & Theatre since the tender age of 8, appearing on shows such as Harry Secombe’s Highway and in venues like The London Palladium. She sings with many of the UK’s leading orchestras and recently performed with the BBCSSO on BBC 3’s Hear and Now.

Recent and future engagements have included Songlines at The Edinburgh International Festival, The Sloans Project for NOISE Opera, Classics Unwrapped for BBC Radio Scotland, Gianni Schicchi, Madama Butterfly and Eugene Onegin for The Opera Bohemia, John Rutter’s Feel the Spirit, conducted by Rutter himself, Dvorak and Verdi Requiems, Le Nozze di Figaro and Flight for Scottish Opera, Ravel’s Sheherazade with the Glasgow Sinfonia, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder with the Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra, work with the Edinburgh International Festival, as well as numerous single concerts, oratorio, recitals, opera galas and intimate cabarets across the UK. 

She is also a much sought-after adjudicator.

Cheryl’s home town honoured her in 1992 with the Falkirk Scroll of Honour and again in 2016 with Falkirk Personality of the Year.