‘Opera singer’ is Brexit Party candidate

‘Opera singer’ is Brexit Party candidate


norman lebrecht

April 25, 2019

Lucy Harris, founder of Leavers for Britain and a Brexit Party candidate for the EU Parliament elections, claims ‘I used to be an opera singer’.


It must be one of the few election claims that cannot be disproved.

Recognise her, anybody?




  • Peter Owen says:

    I still am an opera singer and my bathroom renditions of the major bass arias are frequently commented on, if not always favourably. I wonder why she packed it in.

  • Biffo says:

    Goggle her, in two seconds you can see details of her singing history, cannot be disproved unless you do the most basic easy checks that prove she is telling the truth.

  • Steve says:

    According to her biog, she sang “solo soprano at the Royal Albert Hall on behalf of the John Lewis Partnership”. Doesn’t say if she’s ever appeared at the Garden.

  • brian says:

    Talk about shooting your own foot. Doesn’t she understand the costs to artists, musicians, academics, scientists, researchers? I can tell you that the scientists are alarmed: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-01060-6

    • Ian says:

      The EU are just an unnecessary layer in European dealings, and are doing everything they can in desperation to preserve their parasitic corrupt institution. Leaving them will only hurt us in the short to medium term, but thinking longer term we will be SO glad we escaped while we still had the chance.

      The origins of the EU are quite chilling once you discover the details, going back a hundred years or more. If you can manage to see the 12 hour documentary Europa – The Last Battle made in 2017, this is a reasonable grounding on the details. Centralised power has never been a good thing.

    • David GAY says:

      All the brain power of a whelk.

  • ShortAndClear says:


  • M McAlpine says:

    Originally form Suffolk she lived in Italy for two years (Turin and Rome), where she taught herself Italian. She then studied classical singing performance at Guildhall Conservatoire and City University in London. In 2015 she got a big break singing solo soprano at The Royal Albert Hall on behalf of the John Lewis Partnership.

  • steven holloway says:

    Studied singing at the Guildhall. Sang solo soprano “on behalf of the John Lewis Partnership” at the Albert Hall in 2015. That done, she apparently had an the epiphany that she was meant to be a ‘communicator’ and went into publishing. She is now a member of an outfit called the Motley Crew. And very motley they are.

  • Adrian says:

    This profile says she studied at Guildhall and City University, and mentions one gig for John Lewis at the Royal Albert Hall. No mention of a single opera. http://libertarianhome.co.uk/2018/01/speaker-profile-lucy-harris-coordinator-of-leavers-of-london/

  • fflambeau says:

    She sounds like a whiner and a loser (yes, she’s for Brexit).

    Maybe she carried a spear as 4th backup to Brunhilda in a small-time production and thinks she’s an opera star?

  • Mustafa Kandan says:

    Lets hope this Brexit issue is resolved soon. The uncertainty affects more than those who live in the UK. One of the most convenient ways to travel between Australia and Europe, for instance, is by British Airways. Currently booking flights from BA seems highly imprudent.

  • Diane Valerie says:

    A quick Google search reveals that the height of her career seems to be a 150th Anniversary concert for John Lewis at the Albert Hall. Hardly La Scala …

  • Anonymous says:

    Her entire operatic career seems to be comprised of one corporate gig at the Royal Albert Hall:


    Trained at City University. Didn’t even know there was an opera course at City University. Another article claims she trained at the ‘Guildhall Conservatoire’.

  • C Porumbescu says:

    I think she’s using “opera singer” (as most people do) to mean “classically trained”, and she’s clearly had some credible experience, even if she hasn’t made a career out of it. Good luck to her for being public-spirited and getting involved, anyway, when so many merely snipe from behind keyboards.

    (Alternately: Classical musician defies official industry consensus on Brexit! Shocking! Ban her! We are open-minded, tolerant people and since she disagrees with us she must never work again! Etc, etc).

  • Caravaggio says:

    Nope. Small wonder her skill set is being put to other uses. Many should take heed.

  • Pacer1 says:

    “arbitrary skill set”?

    “Arbitrary”, from the Cambridge Dictionary:

    1. based on chance rather than being planned or based on reason

    2. using unlimited personal power without considering other people’s wishes

    or for us Yanks:

    1. based on a desire or idea or chance rather than reason

  • Raven says:

    Information about her musical training and experience is easy enough to find online.

  • Robert Roy says:


  • John Rook says:

    Good luck to her.

  • Maurice says:

    Probably as much an opera singer as Charlotte Church, Russell Watson or any of those contestants on Britain’s Got Talent blasting out ‘O mio babbino caro’.

  • Violone says:

    Opera singers would be too ashamed to admit any connection to this rag-tag-and-bobtail army of beer-throwers, flag-wavers, and knuckledragging chavs.

  • Jason Adonis says:

    A screeching nobody joining more nobodies to form the Brexit party. Yesterday’s people.

  • M McAlpine says:

    Frankly I can’t see the point of all this mud slinging just on the basis of one phrase. It would actually be better to find out what she has to say in matters of politics than just what level she sang at. That is what it is all about.