After winning a scholarship to Sutton High School., Lissa went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music, also on a scholarship.
On leaving college Lissa started working as a professional singer, combining broadcasting with session work and television. She gave recitals on Radio 3, and in London concert halls including the Wigmore Hall , the Purcell Room, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Festival Hall; she sang as guest artist on programmes for Radio 2, such as Friday Night is Music Night. At this time Lissa also worked for a large number of record producers, singing with, and providing musicians and singers for, many pop musicians. As a booker she conducted and also sang as the lead singer. She toured abroad , in Hong Kong and Russia, Europe and North Africa , working as a recitalist, in oratorio and in opera.
After marrying and with two children, she and her family moved to Hampshire, where she started the Hampshire County Children’s Choir and later the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain. Lissa teaches singing privately, at home, and runs an adult choir in London