Ann Wilkes


"Let me be, perhaps, one of the first critics to rave about the pure bliss of her gorgeously creamy voice"

Yorkshire Times

Ann Wilkes with dancers at Citizens of Nowhere performance


Yorkshire-born soprano Ann Wilkes has performed as a guest soloist with many choirs and brass bands including the Colne Valley Male Voice Choir, Marsden Silver Band, Mill House Green Male Voice Choir, Oldershaw Singers, New Mill Male Voice Choir and Steeton Male Voice Choir as well as at the Buxton Festival as part of their Song at Six series. Ann has sung many oratorios across the North of England from Liverpool to Hull; highlights include Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Haydn’s Creation, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise and Mozart’s Requiem.  Recent engagements include Webern’s Opus 13 with the Royal Northern College of Music Sinfonietta and Poulenc’s Gloria with the Liverpool Welsh Choral Society.

Ann Wilkes as Suor Dolcina in RNCM production of Suor Angelica


Britten's Midsummer's Night's Dream RNCM production

Ann’s operatic engagements at the RNCM include Suor Dolcina in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Moth in Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and chorus in Mozart’s CosÌ fan tutti.  Ann is a founding member of Offstage Opera, a new opera company, which will perform nationally and whose aim is to make opera more accessible ( Although well-versed in classical repertoire, Ann also enjoys performing contemporary pieces by living composers and is thrilled to have been one of the featured soloists in the world premiere of Citizens of Nowhere, a chamber opera, composed by RNCM alumna Anna Appleby at the Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival in 2017. Her most recent engagement was Fireworks by Grace Mason, a solo soprano piece written for Ann with symphony orchestra.  


Ann has sung annually at Slaithwaite Good Companions (a meeting group for elderly people likely to become isolated) since she was seven years old.


Ann completed her undergraduate degree in vocal performance at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and achieved a first-class honours degree.  She continued her Master's studies at the RNCM  with Louise Winter where she was generously supported by the Richard Newitt Fund.

Ann Wilkes- Soprano

Ann Wilkes- Soprano


Upcoming Events

  • Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Birkenhead Choral Society
    18 Mar 2023, 19:30
    Location is TBD
  • Haydn's Paukenmesse at the Pennine Spring Music Festival
    03 Jun 2023, 19:30
    Heptonstall, Heptonstall, Hebden Bridge HX7, UK
  • Mozart Requiem & Haydn Theresienmesse with the Liverpool Welsh Choral Union
    10 Jun 2023, 19:30
    Liverpool, 60 Oxford St, Liverpool L7 3NY, UK

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