About Joy Naylor ~ Soprano
Joy Naylor was born in Birmingham and studied at the Royal College of Music, London where she was awarded a number of prizes including an Austrian Government Scholarship to study Lieder at the Mozarteum Academy of Music in Salzburg. Joy has performed in all the major concert venues in the country as well as receiving invitations abroad, and has broadcast on both BBC radio and television. She has sung with orchestras such as the English String Orchestra, Orchestra Da Camera and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, with whom she performed Mozart's "Exsultate Jubilate" and Mendelssohn's "Midsummer Night's Dream".
In addition to her extensive standard repertoire Joy also performs contemporary works. She sang in the London premiere of Philip Wilby's oratorio "The Temptations of Christ" in Westminster Abbey and also gave the first performance of John Joubert's chamber work "The Phoenix and the Turtle". Following her recital at St. Martin in the Fields, Joy was invited to Malta by UNESCO to give the world premiere of Charles Camilleri's Song Cycle "Songs of an Infant Species". She also had the honour of being the soprano soloist in the first complete performance of Handel's "Messiah" to be given in Kuwait.
Joy's operatic experience includes the roles of Young Vrenchen from Delius' "A Village Romeo and Juliet" for Opera North, Norina from Donizetti's "Don Pasquale" for Birmingham Music Theatre, Alice Ford from Verdi's "Falstaff" for the City of Birmingham Touring Opera and Pamina from Mozart's "Magic Flute" performed at the new Lowry Centre in Salford.
Joy is a member of two vocal ensembles, "Waltzing in the Aisles" and "Bustles and Beaux".
As well as her singing engagements Joy is also in great demand as a teacher and leader of Vocal Workshops and has also released her first solo CD entitled "Songs Sacred and Secular".
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