Lorna Anderson was born in Glasgow and studied there with Patricia MacMahon at the RSAMD and subsequently at the RCM in London. Having won a number of major prizes as a student, she has gone on to enjoy a career performing in opera, concert and recital all over the world. As a renowned performer of the baroque repertoire she has sung with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Les Arts Florissants, The Sixteen, The English Concert, St. James Baroque, Collegium Musicum 90, The King's Consort, The London Classical Players, La Chapelle Royale and the Academy of Ancient Music under conductors which include Robert King, William Christie, Harry Christophers, Richard Egarr, Trevor Pinnock, Richard Hickox and Sir Charles Mackerras.
In opera she has sung Morgana (Alcina) at the Halle Handel Festival, Sevilla (La Clemenza di Tito) with the Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra, Handel's Theodora with Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Handel's Riccardo Primo at the Gottingen Festival with Nicholas McGegan, Purcell's The Fairy Queen with the English Concert and Monteverdi's Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda with Netherlands Opera which was also filmed.
Lorna Anderson has also established an important reputation in the standard concert repertoire, having sung with the BBC Orchestras, the Bach Choir, the London Mozart Players, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Israel Camerata, RAI Turin (Les Noces), New World Symphony in Miami, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Washington Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble InterContemporain under Pierre Boulez, London Sinfonietta under Sir Simon Rattle and at all the major European festivals, including Salzburg and Edinburgh.
Her numerous recordings include; The Fairy Queen under Harry Christophers, Haydn Masses under Richard Hickox, a disc of Portuguese love songs and for Hyperion she has recorded Britten Folksong Settings with Malcolm Martineau, Handel's L'Allegro with Robert King and is an artist on Graham Johnson's complete Schubert Edition. She was part of a long term project to publish, perform and record all of Haydn's Scottish song arrangements for voice and piano trio with Haydn Trio Eisenstadt. The fifth and final set of discs were released in October 2008 as a prelude to the bicentenary celebrations of both Haydn and Robert Burns in 2009 when performances were given throughout the year in Europe as well as New York and Washington. Lorna has also premiered and recorded James MacMillan's 'Lament for Mary Queen of Scots' and is part of Malcolm Martineau's recently released complete Poulenc songs. A disc of Debussy songs, recorded for Hyperion, again with Malcolm Martineau was released in April 2012 to excellent reviews, both in France and in the UK. Future plans include a recording of Faure songs and concerts in the UK, France and Spain.