Lydia trained at Trinity College of Music, then at the London Opera Centre as a repetiteur, while she worked on accompaniment with Geoffrey Parsons.
Following her role as Musical Director at Colchester’s Mercury Theatre, she became Repetiteur at Israel’s National Opera company, renowned for Plácido Domingo’s engagement. Zubin Mehta told her she was the first repetiteur he heard sing in tune! Lydia also played in concerts and broadcasts on Israeli radio.
Returning to England she pursued her career as a soloist in concerts and recordings, as accompanist and vocal coach to hundreds of singers and actors, accompanying instrumentalists, as piano duettist, playing in London and Romania, and as a musical director playing in many theatres.
Lydia has made recordings of film soundtracks, ballets, and a CD of piano music with narration by Tom Conti and his wife, Kara Wilson. Lydia devises and arranges her own shows for actor-singers and plays as a soloist on cruises.
Lydia has played for Hampstead Chamber Choir since its inception, principally as rehearsal accompanist. She coaches choir members who sing solos, and plays at summer concerts and for the annual Singing Workshop.