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Margaret Rizza

Margaret Rizza studied at the Royal College of Music, London and at the National School of Opera, London, and continued her training in Siena and Rome, Italy. She sang professionally for 25 years, under the name of Margaret Lensky. She has sung at many of the leading operatic venues and under such conductors as Benjamin Britten, Igor Stravinsky and Leonard Bernstein. She then went on to teach singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, from 1977 to 1994.

In 1986 she dedicated herself to the work of spirituality and to the wider aspect of music in the community. She has worked on many outreach projects taking groups of students to share their music with people in prisons, hospitals, hospices, inner city schools, MS centres, blind schools and working with people with physical and learning difficulties. During this time she began her work in the field of spirituality working with The World Community for Christian Meditation leading many retreats, prayer and music days and vocal and choral workshops.

She began composing in 1997, her contemplative choral music being widely acclaimed not only in the UK but also abroad. She has given many seminars and conferences featuring her music across the world as well as leading many choral and vocal workshops in this country. Margaret is an enthusiastic supporter of the work of the Retreat Association and led some memorable singing workshops at the 2015 Retreat Association Conference.

Her works include Sanctus Dominus, O Magnum Mysterium and Ave Maria.

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