Five min­utes with... ÉLISE LE­FAY

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The French singer­song­writer ( pic­tured) talks about her love of mu­sic, be­ing part of the group Lilly Za­zou and per­form­ing at The France Show.

I’ve loved mu­sic ever since I was a child. I first be­gan singing pro­fes­sion­ally at the age of seven at home in Angers and stud­ied mu­sic at the Con­ser­va­to­rio di Mu­sica in Tri­este in Italy and the Trin­ity La­ban Con­ser­va­toire of Mu­sic and Dance in Lon­don when I got a bit older.

I was in­spired to sing in French by San­drine Piau, with whom I had the op­por­tu­nity to sing as a lit­tle girl. She is an amaz­ing opera so­prano who sings in crys­tal-clear French and has the most beau­ti­ful voice.

As a young woman, I came to Lon­don to fur­ther my mu­sic ca­reer as I be­lieved there would be more op­por­tu­ni­ties there. I met other mu­sic en­thu­si­asts and we de­cided to get to­gether and soon Lilly Za­zou was formed.

Our group is made up of me – the singer – a pi­anist, a vi­o­lin­ist and a bass player. We ap­pear at all sorts of events, from birth­day par­ties to wed­dings, per­form­ing more un­usual French songs as well as clas­sics by leg­ends such as Édith Piaf.

We are ea­ger to do more per­for­mances and for around five years have ap­peared at The France Show. We love meet­ing other Fran­cophiles and see­ing the same faces year af­ter year. It is a fun day out and gives us a chance to get our French melodies out there for ev­ery­one to en­joy. Élise Le­fay was speak­ing

to Peter Stew­art

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