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A concert for 75 years of D-Day

Emma will give a concert with pianist Han-Louis Meijer at the private members’ club “De Witte” in The Hague, the Netherlands. They will present music from and about the Second World War. Lieutenant Colonel Wouter Hagemeijer will give a short reading about the role of the Netherlands in D-Day.

The event is sold out.

2019-05-14T12:57:27+02:00May 19th, 2019|

O Let Me Live

On Sunday, 19th May, Emma will sing as a guest soloist with Capella Vocale in a concert of sacred and secular music from the British Isles. Emma will perform plainsong from the Sarum Rite (the original chant of Salisbury Cathedral), English and Welsh folksongs, and Michael Head’s “The Singer,” an unaccompanied Art Song.

The choir will sing works by Byrd, Elgar, Rutter, Tavener, Tomkins and Weelkes, with conductor Monique Schendelaar.

Emma is delighted to be working with Capella Vocale again. In 2016, the choir commissioned Emma to compose music for Bart Moyaert’s poem “Nu.” The work was premièred on 8thOctober, 2016, to mark the choir’s twenty year anniversary.

Sunday, 19th May, 15:00

Maria Middelareskerk, Leiden, the Netherlands

Tickets, costing €14, are available by emailing penningmeester@capellavocale.nl. If available, tickets will be sold before the concert for €16

2019-05-14T12:51:36+02:00May 13th, 2019|

Song of Songs: compositions through the ages

On 12th May Emma will be the guest soloist with the Leidse Cantorij for a concert of music based on the Song of Songs. The programme includes motets, cantatas, and anthems from the sixteenth century onwards, with works by Palestrina, Monteverdi, J.C. Bach, Böhm, Buxtehude, Finzi, Baristow, and Ireland. The choir are conducted by Hans Brons, and Willeke Smits will play the organ.

Sunday, 12th May, 20:15

Hooglandse Kerk, Leiden, the Netherlands

Free tickets

2019-05-03T13:42:42+02:00May 6th, 2019|

Dutch Remembrance Day

With Glider Pilot Ronald Johnson in Normandy in 2017. Ronald is keen to teach children the importance of avoiding conflict in order to create a peaceful world.

On 23rd September, 1944, three British aeroplanes crashed in Heteren, the Netherlands. They were serving as part of the allied operations agains the occupation of the Netherlands during the Second World War. All twenty-one crew members died in the crash, and they are buried in the village cemetery.

For the last seventy-five years, the residents of the village have gather on 4th May, Dutch remembrance day, to commemorate the airmen and thank them for the risk they took to free the area.

In recent years, British Airborne veterans, traveling with the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans, have been guests of honour at the ceremony. Last year, Glider Pilot Ronald Johnson, who served during Operation Market Garden, address the local children. He said: “Live in friendship with each other, then you have no reason to seek confrontation with each other.”

Emma will sing ‘Amazing Grace’ during the wreath-laying at this beautiful ceremony.

2019-05-03T13:37:49+02:00May 3rd, 2019|

April update

Video recordings with Simple Harmonic Motion

April has been a busy month for Emma, with several audio and video recording sessions in England and the Netherlands. Watch this space for more information!

2019-05-03T13:27:33+02:00April 27th, 2019|

Remembering the Battle of Arras

Under the French town of Arras there is a network of over twelve miles of tunnels. Whilst some of these date back to the Middle Ages, many of them were built during the First World War by miners from the New Zealand Tunnelling Company, together with British engineers. The tunnels had running water, electric lights, kitchens, lavatories, a light rail system, a chapel, and a hospital.

Around 20,000 soldiers sheltered in the tunnel for eight days before the Battle of Arras. At 05:30 in the morning, on 9th April 1917, they dynamited the exits of the tunnels and rushed forward. The enemy was pushed back almost seven miles, but at a veryhigh cost: there were an estimated 4,000 casualties per day.

On 9th April this year, Emma will sing during a dawn ceremony to mark 102 years since the start of the Battle of Arras, and at the inaugeration of the Garden of Peace (Scottish Garden) at the Faubourg d’Amiens Cementery.

9th April, 2019

06:30 – Dawn ceremony at Carrière Wellington, Arras, France

09:30 – Inaugeration of the Garden of Peace, CWGC Faubourg d’Amiens Cementery, Arras, France

Both events are free and open to the public

2019-04-06T12:16:07+02:00April 6th, 2019|

Music Publication

Emma is delighted to announce that her compositions are being published by Edition HH. The first composition, ‘O Lux Beata Trinitas,’ was released in late March. Before its publication, it has been sung in the Netherlands (Leiden, Rotterdam, and Utrecht) and in Peterborough Cathedral in England.

For more information and to listen to a recording, please follow this link.

2019-05-03T13:23:58+02:00March 30th, 2019|

Gurkha Welfare Trust

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On 18th March, Emma will give a short concert for Gurkha veterans and their widows at the Gurkha Welfare Trust in Pokhara, Nepal.

2019-03-08T16:46:51+02:00March 8th, 2019|

Remembering Admiral Michiel De Ruyter

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On Saturday, 16th February, Emma will sing at the remembrance ceremony for Admiral De Ruyter. The Dutch Admiral Michiel De Ruyter led several major victories against the French and the English, including the Raid on the Medway. He also released twenty-six Protestant Hungarian ministers from slavery.

Each year, the De Ruyter foundation organizes a remembrance ceremony in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam. There will be readings (in Dutch) and a visit to the crypt. Together with Hungarian guitarist Robert Sinha she will perform music linked to De Ruyter’s life, including works by Huygens, Dowland, Schubert, and Ireland.

For more information, and to book a place, please follow this link (in Dutch).

2019-02-09T18:42:07+02:00January 29th, 2019|