Mancunian soprano, Katy Allan is a first class graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, where she studied with renowned mezzo-soprano Antonia Sotgiu. In September 2022, Katy began her new position as Assistant Director of the Hallé Children's Choir in Manchester, coming full circle from when she joined the choir herself at age ten. Katy is a freelance Singing and Dementia Specialist, delivering singing sessions in care homes and dementia cafes across Derbyshire, Cheshire, and Greater Manchester. Katy also organises her own series of dementia-friendly coffee concerts in her hometown of Buxton. She is privileged to see the impact that live singing has upon those living with dementia. In December 2022, Katy made her debut with Preston Opera, performing the role of Adele in the company's semi-staged production of Strauss' Die Fledermaus.
During her time at the RNCM, Katy won the Amanda Ira Aldridge Honourary Mention in the inaugural Williams-Howard Memorial Prize alongside pianist Carl Leighton. Katy was joint winner of the T E Drane Award for Singing at Chetham's School of music, where the young soprano studied for her sixth form.
Singing and Dementia
Katy delivers dementia-friendly music sessions across Derbyshire and Cheshire, singing the beautiful tunes of Doris Day, Frank Sinatra, and Vera Lynn to name a few. Singing and music is proven to have a deep impact on those living with dementia, and Katy is privileged to see this happen and play a small part in the magical moments which music creates.