The English mezzo-soprano, Shelagh Molyneux, studied singing at the Royal College of Music, where she later won the EH Villar Memorial Prize. Her teachers were Ruth Packer, Helga Mott and Pierre Bernac.
Shelagh Molyneux spent ten years with the vocal group The Scholars with whom she sang in many of the world's major concert halls and festivals, and made numerous recordings. She twice visited New Zealand with The Scholars on Music Federation tours. As a freelance soloist she specialised in baroque music, performing in Britain, Italy and the USA where she made her debut in the Carnegie Hall.
Shelagh Molyneux lived in Singapore for nine years and appeared frequently as a soloist in choral concerts, opera and recitals. She also made regular recordings for the radio and premiered a work in Mandarin by Singapore composer Phoon Yiew Tien.
Since 1992 Shelagh Molyneux has lived in Auckland and has established a reputation as a voice teacher on the North Shore. In 1995 she undertook a Chamber Music New Zealand tour with Rae de Lisle and Deborah Rawson during which she premiered Gareth Farr's El Señor Cucharita se pone enfermo. In 1992 she sang in the Wellington Festival, as soloist with Tower Voices New Zealand in a performance of Aaron Copland's In The Beginning under Karen Grylls. Shelagh Molyneux appears regularly as a soloist with Bach Musica. In April 2003 she sang the St Matthew Passion (BWV 244) with the Auckland Choral Society.