EX CATHEDRA | Gabriella Liandu - mezzo soprano

From our ‘Sleepers Awake’ programme 2022

Gabriella Liandu is a Zambian-Scottish mezzo soprano, currently studying on the Jazz Masters course at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. She continues to study under Yvonne Sandison, as she recently completed her Bachelor Honours Degree awarded with First Class Honours, training on the Vocal and Operatic course. Gabriella is currently working within various fields of the music industry, with repertoire expanding through to Bossa Nova, Choral, Jazz and more. As well as leading her own jazz ensembles, Gabriella regularly performs in the Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra and RBC Chamber Choir. In 2020, she joined Lichfield Gospel Choir as the choir’s Assistant Musical Director. Gabriella is also focusing her efforts on the budding talent in Birmingham through outreach in the West-Midlands communities, working with Birmingham Opera Company, Welsh National Opera Company and SoundLab. Gabriella was a Student Scholar with Ex Cathedra in 2018-19 and a Graduate Scholar in 2020-21.

1. How long have you been a member of Ex Cathedra and why did you join?

I joined in my 3rd year at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire as a student scholar and since then I have worked with the choir as a graduate scholar and I am currently the alto graduate scholar for this year also. So, I’ve been with the choir since 2018. What a trip!

2. What does a typical day look like for you?

Most days I’m preparing for a classical concert or a Jazz gig so I’ll be to and from the practice room, venue and home, gearing up for an evening of music that I love. Typically I’ll start with yoga or stretch practice, get my movement on, rehearsal, good food, lots of hot drinks, the performance and then a glass of something red and full bodied.

If I’m not performing my days normally involve teaching and a fun day trip somewhere.

3. If you could choose to perform again any piece you have performed before with Ex Cathedra, what would it be, and & why?

Alex Roth’s Earthrise — because it takes me to another world and sends chills down my spine in the most magical way

4. What’s your musical “guilty secret”?

No guilty secrets, I believe all music should be celebrated and I love living out of the box!