St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Naomi Kilby - soprano, Elspeth Wilkes - piano, and Faye Saunders - flute

Tuesday, 9 August at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Naomi Kilby - soprano, Elspeth Wilkes - piano, and Faye Saunders - flute


               Clair de Lune         Op.46 Nr.2

               Au bord de l'eau  Op.8 Nr.1

               Les berceaux        Op.23 Nr.1


               Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon  FP.122

                    i. C

                   ii. Fêtes Galantes


               Deux poèmes de Ronsard Op.26

                         i. Rossignol mon mignon

                         ii. Ciel, aer et vents


               Quatre chansons de jeunesse

                         i. Pantomime

                         ii. Clair de lune

                        iii.  Pierrot

                         iv. Apparition


               Trois Mélodies de 1916

                    i. La statue de bronze

                   ii. Daphénéo

                  iii. Le chapelier


               La Bonne Cuisine (Four Recipes)

                      i. Plum Pudding

                     ii. Ox-Tails

                    iii. Tavouk Guenksis

                    iv. Rabbit at top speed

Naomi Kilby studied at Birmingham Conservatoire gaining a BMus (Hons) First Class and at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest.   

Professional Opera credits include regular chorus for Opera Holland Park since 2009, including the roles of Woodland Sprite in the UK premiere of Picker's Fantastic Mr Fox (2010/11), L'acquaiola in I Gioelli Della Madonna, Una Novizia Suor Angelica and Voce Interno d'un Ragazzo L'Amore dei tre Re, Buxton Gilbert & Sullivan Festival (2011/12; cover Yum-Yum 2012 Festival), and Solo Soprano in Too Hot To Handel for Armonico Consort since 2011. 

Other professional roles include Despina Cosi Fan Tutte St Albans Chamber Opera, Prima Sorella Cercatrice Suor Angelica Talent Unlimited Festival, Adele Die Fledermaus Opera South East, the title role in Alcina Scarlet Opera, Clorinda Cinderella and Bertha Barber of Seville (or Salisbury) Opera Up Close and Belinda and Second Woman Dido & Aeneas for Ad Parnassum.  In 2013, Naomi formed the company Opera Alegría singing the role of Monica in The Medium by Menotti, and Madame Herz in Mozart's The Impresario 2014 & 2015, which is soon to be revived again at the Grimeborn Opera Festival in August 2016. 

On the Oratorio platform, Naomi has been Soprano soloist for many choirs both in the Midlands and also in Sussex.  Favourite works include Haydn's Nelson Mass, Mozart's Mass in C Minor and Schubert's Stabat Mater. Naomi also greatly enjoyed performing Mozart's Exultate Jubilate on two days' notice with the Burgate Sinfonia conducted by Alain Judd in December 2013. 

On the recital platform, performances have taken Naomi across England and further afield into Europe, highlights of which include a recital of Bach Cantatas at the Royal Conservatoire of Music in Brussels and Roussel's Deux poèmes de Ronsard in Birmingham and Budapest.

Naomi also has a passion for Jazz singing, having performed in Sussex with the Lynda Murray Trio as well as in Budapest and Toledo in Spain with various ensembles. Naomi has recently formed a duo in London and hopes to perform more in this genre.

Elspeth Wilkes studied at King's College, London, TCM and the RAM. She has performed at venues including St John's Smith Square; Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House; Hackney Empire and Southwark Cathedral as well as performing recitals in Europe and South Africa. Elspeth has performed at many festivals including Ravenna, Italy, Edinburgh Fringe and the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival. She has worked with BBC Wales, Royal Ballet, RSC, Lesley Garrett and Southbank Sinfonia amongst others. She has worked as a Repetiteur/MD with Opera up Close, Co-Opera Co, Opera Brava, Operaroom, Merry Opera Company, Northern Ireland Opera, Riverside Opera, Tete-a-Tete Opera and Opera de Bauge acting as chorus master since 2011 and making her conducting debut in 2015. Elspeth works as accompanist/assistant conductor with Barnes Choir and Thurrock Choral Society and is a member of both the Argento and the Bridgetower Trios.

Faye Saunders studied her Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance at the University of Western Australia and graduated with honors in 2013. She has performed with the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra, the St Georges Chamber Orchestra, the WA Charity Orchestra, the WA Youth Orchestras, the University of WA Symphony Orchestra, and in 2012 attended the WASO Orchestral Training Program. Some highlights of her past solo experiences include performing Bourne's Carmen Fantasy as a soloist; receiving the 2012 Janet Anderson Prize for woodwind; and, performing in masterclasses at the Oxford Flute Summer School and Australian Flute Festival. Since her recent relocation to London Faye has performed with the HashTag Opera Company, the New London Opera group and as principal flute for the Yorke Trust 2015 Summer Opera.