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German Commemorates All Victims of War

“An unknown German Soldier.”

Each year, on the second Sunday before Advent, Germany commemorates members of the armed forces of all nations and civilians who died in armed conflicts and oppression. Emma is deeply honored and moved to have been invited to sing for the “Volkstrauertag” ceremony at Ysselsteyn cemetery in the Netherlands, where over 31,000 soldiers are buried. She is there on the invitation of the British Veteran John Sleep, who fought and was wounded nearby. John believes strongly in ‘Peace Between All Nations’ and has attended the ceremony in Ysselsteyn for several years.

Sunday, 17th November 13:30, Ysselsteyn German War Cemetery, the Netherlands

2019-11-06T20:15:20+02:00November 11th, 2019|

30 Years of Christina Noble’s Children’s Foundation

Emma will sing for the thirtieth anniversary of the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation at a charity gala in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

Christina Noble survived a turbulent childhood in extreme poverty in Dublin. A street child herself, she suffered unimaginable abuse. Then, in 1989, she visited Vietnam following a dream she had about children reaching out to her. She had very little money, and spent her time meeting street children and their families and trying to help. Now, thirty years later, she has helped change the lives of over a million impoverished children and their families.

Please see above for a short film about Christina’s work.

Saturday, 9th November, Intercontinental Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Emma is grateful to the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture for granting her a special licence to sing in Vietnam.

2019-11-07T09:30:00+02:00November 1st, 2019|

From Overseas: in concert with Willeke Smits

Emma will join organist Willeke Smits for a concert in the Edesche Concertzaal, Ede, the Netherlands. The programme includes music from Britain, Norway, and the U.S. with songs by Elgar, Grieg, Copeland, and Gershwin. Willeke will perform Vaughan-Williams’ ‘Rhosymedre’ and her own arrangement of Grieg’s ‘Holberg suite.’

Friday, 1st November, 20:00, Edesche Concertzaal, Ede, the Netherlands

For tickets, please follow this link.

2019-08-25T14:02:17+02:00October 26th, 2019|

The Liberation of Bergen op Zoom

In order to celebrate seventy-five years since the liberation of Brabant, the city of Bergen op Zoom is hosting an international military tattoo. Emma with join the Band of Liberation and conductor Simon Dubbelaar for a spectacular evening of military music.

For more information (in Dutch), please follow this link.

Saturday, 26th October, 19:00, Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands

2019-11-06T20:12:26+02:00October 23rd, 2019|

Trio Colla Voce

Clarinetist John Macfarlane, pianist Hein Putter and Emma will present aprogramme of music for voice, clarinet and piano. This includes opera arias by Mozart and Massenet with solos for basset horn and alto clarinet (played on basset horn), lieder by Proch, and a composition by John Macfarlane for voice and bass clarinet. The concert ends with Emma’s composition for the trio, “The Hag,” which can be seen in the video below.

23rd October, 2019, 17:00, Boerhaveplein, LUMC, Leiden, the Netherlands. Free entry.

2019-08-25T13:58:50+02:00October 19th, 2019|

The Liberation of Venray

On 19th and 20th October, Emma will visit Venray, the Netherlands to sing in two concerts to celebrate the liberation of the town seventy-five years ago.

On 19th October she will give a concert with M.M.S.K. St. Petrus’ Banden, The Stuart Singers, and vocalists Don Mulders and Anna Joan in the Schouowburg theatre. Some of the last surviving British veterans who liberated the town will be present.

On 20th October, after the ceremony at the British war cemetery, Emma will sing at Geijsteren Castle together with Theaterchor Niederrhein, The Stuart Singers, and the chamber choir of Geijsteren, together with the Reünieorkest van de Limburgse Jagers en het St. Willibrordusgilde uit Geijsteren, with conductor Geert Verhallen.

19th October, 20:15, Schouwburg, Venray, the Netherlands

For tickets, please follow this link.

20th October, 14:30, Geijsteren Castle, Venray, the Netherlands

2019-08-25T13:57:19+02:00October 12th, 2019|

The Armed Man

“The Armed Man” has a powerful, anti-nuclear message.

Emma will return to Nottingham to sing in a special performance of Karl Jenkins’s “The Armed Man” together with a joint choir from the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and the Nottingham Concert Orchestra under Dutch conductor Martin van der Brugge. She will also perform ‘Villanelle’ from Berlioz’s “Nuits d’Été” and ‘Where corals lie’ from Elgar’s “Sea Pictures” with the Nottingham Concert Orchestra and British conductor Angela Kay. The event is organised by Music for Everyone, the wonderful foundation through which Emma began singing when she was around six years old.

Saturday, 12th October, 19:30, Albert Hall, Nottingham

For tickets, please follow this link.

2019-08-25T13:55:49+02:00October 3rd, 2019|

3 Oktober: Remembering the Siege of Leiden

Emma has been invited to join the orchestra of the Dutch Royal Air Forcefor a second year running at the remembrance ceremony at the Pieterskerk in Leiden for the anniversary of the Liberation of Leiden on 3rd October, 1574. She will sing “The Holy City” by Michael Maybrick (Stephen Adams).

Please see below for a film of Emma singing during last year’s ceremony.

Thursday, 3rd October, 10:00, Pieterskerk, Leiden

2019-08-25T13:51:17+02:00October 2nd, 2019|

Composing for Leiden’s City Bells

Emma is really delighted to have been commissionedto compose for Leiden’s carillon. The twelve-minute piece tells the story of the siege and liberation of Leiden: the starvation of its citizens, the storm and the floods which allowed the Sea Beggars to reach the city, the church services of thanksgiving that the siege was over, and the celebrations with herring, white bread, and the hutspot brought by Cornelis Joppenszoon. On request, the composition quotes well-known ‘3 Oktober’ songs as part of its musical narrative and is intended to be music with a broad appeal to the general public. Carillonneur Levina Pors will present the piece on the carillon of Leiden’s City Hall.

With thanks to Hein van Woerden and the Van der Mandele Stichting, the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Zuid-Holland, the Leiden City Council, the 3 October Vereeniging, Leiden, and Het Leids Carillon Genootschap for their support.

Wednesday, 2nd October, 16:00, City Hall (square), Leiden

2019-10-06T14:13:45+02:00September 29th, 2019|

Budapest tour

Emma will visit Budapest, Hungary, for a series of concerts with guitarist Robert Sinha in late September. Robert and Emma worked together to create a broad programme of music from different eras and cultures for the commemoration of the Dutch Admiral De Ruyter in Amsterdam last February. They will present a programme of music from the British Isles and Ireland at venues in Budapest and Cegled. They will also visit a bilingual Hungarian-Englishgrammar school to give a mini concert and an questions-and-answers session with the pupils, and record a music video.

Thursday, 26th September, concert in Kondor Bela Kozossegi Haz, Budapest

Friday, 27th September, Cegled Evangelical Church, Cegled

Saturday, 28th September, Nyitott Muhely, Budapest

2019-10-06T14:15:33+02:00September 21st, 2019|