Elin Manahan Thomas was born and bred in Swansea, and first studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Clare College, Cambridge, before turning to the world of music, and to performing and presenting. She is known for her interpretation of baroque music and made the world premiere recording of a newly-discovered Bach cantata in 2006 for Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
Elin’s concert repertoire ranges from the renaissance to the contemporary. She received great acclaim for her ‘Pie Jesu’ on Naxos’ award-winning recording of the Rutter Requiem, and gave world premiere performances of Sir John Tavener’s Requiem (with the RLPO) and Love Duet (Manchester International Festival). Recent performances include Dowland in the Antwerp Festival with Fretwork, Finzi Dies Natalis in Hoddinott Hall with BBC NOW on Radio Three, and a tour of China performing baroque favourites with the Academy of Ancient Music.
She has performed in Classic FM’s fifteenth birthday concert; on ‘Friday Night is Music Night’ for Radio Two; at Songs of Praise’s ‘The Big Sing’; was invited to perform in the Vatican on Easter Sunday; as well as appearing at the Edinburgh International Festival with the Royal Flanders Ballet; and she made her BBC Proms debut in 2013 in the Dr Who Prom, alongside Daleks! Elin is an Honorary Fellow at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Swansea University and Bangor University.