Linda Hutchison studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she won the Sydney de Vries Opera prize. As a performer, her operatic career began at the age of fourteen when she sang the role of Belinda in an open air production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. As a result of being heard in the finals of the Kathleen Ferrier Scholarship Competition she was offered a contract with D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. She sang with them for several years as principal soprano. In 2010 a biography of her ‘Linda Anne Hutchison, Enchantment Surely’ was published in Tony Joseph’s D’Oyly Carte Personalities series. As well as her opera and oratorio work, Linda gave many recitals, both as a soloist and as the soprano in a duo with tenor. She was also part of a piano, flute and voice trio.
In her teaching practice Linda works with a wide range of professionals from the classical, music theatre and jazz worlds. Linda was, for several years, a visiting member of staff at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatiore of Scotland) and a visiting lecturer at Birkbeck College, University of London. She created and directed a part-time course and third year degree module at the London College of Music and Media which balanced the science of the singing voice with artistic freedom. This experience she extended into organizing and directing The Fundamentals of the Singing Voice, the professional development course run jointly by the British Voice Association and the City Literary Institute, London. She is a regular visiting presenter on the Association of Teachers of Singing summer teacher training course where she presents and deals with Anatomy and Physiology, Accent Breathing and Music Theatre. She is an international guest tutor for the Irish College of Music Theatre, the first in Ireland to provide a professional qualification for music theatre.
Linda works extensively in voice, breathing and rehabilitation with a wide range of performers and teachers. She runs performance workshops and gives presentations on the Anatomy and Physiology of the Voice, the Development of the Voice, The Changing Voice, Care of the Voice and The Accent Breathing Method.
Linda’s work in voice clinics began in 1997. She was a member of the internationally renowned Sidcup Voice Clinic at Queen Mary’s Hospital for five years, then part of the team at Medway Voice Clinic, Chatham Maritime Hospital and for some years singing advisor in the voice clinics at Bart’s Hospital, London. She is now the specialist singing advisor at the Lewisham Voice clinic.
Linda has been President of the British Voice Association and for many years was a member of its Education Working Party. She has also served on the Council of the Association of Teachers of Singing.