Name: Elspeth Wilkes
Born in Leigh-on-sea, Essex, Elspeth studied at King’s College, London, Trinity College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. She has performed at venues including St John’s Smith Square; Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House; Hackney Empire and St James’, Piccadilly as well as performing recitals in Greece, Turkey, Portugal, France and South Africa. Elspeth has performed at many festivals including Ravenna music festival, Italy and the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival where she won the prestigious ‘Oscar’ award for outstanding performance for her playing on Francis Bacon Opera.
Elspeth has worked with BBC Wales, Royal Ballet, Royal Shakespeare Company, Lesley Garrett and Southbank Sinfonia amongst others. She has worked as a repetiteur/musical director with Opera up Close, Co-Opera Company, Opera Brava, Operaroom, Merry Opera Company, Northern Ireland Opera, Riverside Opera, Tete a Tete Opera and Opera de Bauge, playing continuo on several of their productions and acting as chorus master since 2011. Elspeth works as accompanist/assistant conductor with Barnes Choir and Thurrock Choral Society and is a member of the Argento trio (piano, clarinet, soprano) and the Bridgetower trio (violin, cello, piano). In her spare time (!!!) Elspeth likes swimming and watching all sports and is a mean quizzer, having appeared on Weakest Link, Countdown and Mastermind!