Five minutes with... ÉLISE LEFAY
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