Lincolnshire composer Caroline Leighton studied piano with her mother, a graduate of the Birmingham Conservatoire, and won the 'Classical Pianist of the Year' award twice whilst at Music College in Leeds. She specialised in performance and Lieder, accompanying acclaimed sopranos Barbara Bonney, Lynne Dawson and the leading soloists of Opera North.
She appeared on BBC Radio 3 in her final year to discuss Dr. Fanny Waterman's influence on piano teaching and the Leeds Piano Competition.
Her choral music has been performed across the UK, with recent highlights including 'Ave Verum Corpus' at Westminster Abbey. This piece was commissioned by a former chorister of the abbey choir.
She has worked with distinguished musicians Adrian Partington, whose Youth Choir at Gloucester Cathedral first performed her Evensong Canticles in 2015, and has accompanied choral workshops for Nigel Perrin, David Lawrence and Alexander L'estrange.
On All Souls Day, 2019, Caroline worked with composer and conductor Matthew Coleridge in a 'Come and Sing' workshop and performance of his Requiem. Movements of Caroline's Requiem were also featured and her Credo (Apostles' Creed, Latin) was performed by soprano Gaynor Morgan, cellist Gabriella Swallow and organist Jeffrey Makinson.
Lincoln City Radio and BBC Radio Lincolnshire have broadcast Caroline's choral work as well as her short piano pieces, inspired by the exciting and passionate world of Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters. She performed these pieces on Jane Austen's piano, Hampshire, in 2012.
Caroline recently moved back to Lincolnshire following four months living with Carmelite nuns in Norfolk discerning religious life.
Videos of her experiences in the convent will be released soon on 'More to Life TV'.
Live in South Walsham, Norfolk
With conductor Kenneth Ian Hytch and local string players, performing my own composition 'Three Sisters' - inspired by a trip to the Brontë Parsonage, Haworth.