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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|

Mierlo-Hout Concert and Remembrance Ceremony

On Sunday, 22nd September Emma will sing in Mierlo-Hout, the Netherlands, as part of the town’s commemorations marking seventy-five years since the Battle of the Bulge and the Battle of the Scheldt in 1944 – 1945. She will join the Band of Liberation with conductor Simon Dubbelaar for a concert, followed by a parade and a remembrance ceremony.

Sunday, 22nd September, Mierlo-Hout, the Netherlands

12:30 – concert in Wijkhuis de Geseldonk

15:00 – ceremony at the town’s monument

For more information (in Dutch), please see here and scroll down.

2019-08-25T13:45:37+02:00September 21st, 2019|

Singing at the Airborne Football Match

The GelreDome in Arnhem, the Netherlands.

Emma is delighted to have been invited to sing at the Airborne football match in the GelreDome in Arnhem, the Netherlands. This will be a friendly match between Vitesse and Fortuna-Sittard, to which many Airborne veterans have been invited. Emma will sing “We’ll Meet Again” at the conclusion of the match. It will be broadcast on Dutch television.

Saturday, 21st September, 20:45, GelreDome, Arnhem, the Netherlands.

2019-10-06T14:21:45+02:00September 20th, 2019|

Operation Market Garden, 75 years later

Arnhem during the Second World War.

On 20th September, Emma will sing during the Airborne Remembrance ceremony in Arnhem, the Netherlands, marking seventy-five years since Operation Market Garden, in the presence of veterans and HRH Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and Prof. Mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven.

Operation Market Garden was one of the largest allied operation of the Second World War. The goal was to take the crucial bridges over the rivers in the east of the Netherlands in order to be able to move troops towards Germany.Over 35,000 troops were dropped in and around Arnhem. However, they were not enough to take the bridges and the operation failed.

The Dutch still show their tremendous gratitude to the veterans who tried so bravely to liberate them in 1944. As the Arnhem City Council write on their website “On 20 September we will commemorate them: both in order never to forget, and to keep the connection between past and the present alive. Because, even in 2019, peace, security, and freedom cannot be taken for granted.”

18:15 Ceremony in the Eusebius Church (by invitation only)
18:45 Silent parade to the Airborne Memorial
19:15 Remembrance ceremony and laying of wreaths at the Airborne Memorial

2019-10-06T14:17:59+02:00September 17th, 2019|

“Bridge Across Her Sorrows” a concert for the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation

Emma is delighted to betravelingto Ireland to sing in a fundraising concert for the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation in the presence of Christina Noble herself. She will take part in a concert in Westport together with tenor Alan McGinty, pianist Michael Quinn, and the Westport Children’s Choir on 17th September.

Christina Noble grew up in extreme poverty in Dublin. After dreaming vividly about children in Vietnam, she visited the country and set up a centre for street children. Her foundation now works in Vietnam and Mongolia: it has helped thousands of children. This year is the thirtieth anniversary of the foundation.

The concert on Tuesday, 17th September will involve music and stories about Christina’s life and work.

17th September, 20:00, Westport Town Hall Theatre, Westport, Ireland

Tickets are available here.

2019-08-25T13:43:16+02:00September 7th, 2019|

D-Day Reunion Weekend in Portsmouth

Landing on the beaches of Normandy in 1944. Source: Wikipedia.

On 7th and 8th September, Emma will return to Portsmouth to sing for the Spirit of Normandy Trust‘s D-Day Reunion weekend. British D-Day veterans will gather in Portsmouth. Emma will appear on the main stage with the orchestra of HMS Nelson, and during the commemoration service at St. Ann’s Church, the chapel within Her Majesty’s Naval Base.

For more information, please see this link.

2019-08-25T13:38:23+02:00August 31st, 2019|