Annalise Whittlesea Biography

Born in a little village in Somerset, one of 32-year-old Annalise’s first musical experiences was that of hearing the monks from Downside Abbey singing Gregorian chant. Coming from a musical and artistic family she was destined to take a musical path. The family home was used as the local music school and they would put on concerts for all the children around to showcase their talents. She started out playing both piano and cello and used to busk on the streets of Bath with her sister at weekends to earn pocket money. At 11 years old Annalise saw her first opera, Puccini’s La Bohème, and was inspired by the voices of both Maria Callas and Ella Fitzgerald. At 15 she earned a place in the National Youth Music Theatre and after six months training in Milan she went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and then further at the Royal College of Music.