"Let me be, perhaps, one of the first critics to rave about the pure bliss of her gorgeously creamy voice"
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’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 (https://www.offstageopera.org/). 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.