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Back to School…

With students from NGHS at CWGC Fauborg d’Amiens last November.

On 16th June, Emma will join the choir of her primary school and the organist of her former church for a concert at the Albert Hall in Nottingham, England. The Albert Hall is home to a Grade 1 listed organ, a Binns organ from 1909 which is essentially in its original condition. Emma and the choir of Nottingham High School for Girls junior department will be accompanied by City Organist John Keys. The choir is conducted by Isla Keys, who was Emma’s singing teacher when she was still at school.

For more information, please follow this link.

Sunday 16th June, 2019, 14:45, Albert Hall, Nottingham, UK
Tickets, costing £6, are available at the door

2019-06-02T13:59:07+02:00June 7th, 2019|

Normandy: 75 years after D-Day

Troops disembarking from a landing craft. Source: Wikipedia

Emma will travel to Normandy, France, to sing for some of the many ceremonies commemorating the seventy-fifth anniversary of the D-Day landings. She will join veterans traveling with D-Day Revisited, the Royal British Legion, and the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans for ceremonies in Ranville and Grangues and concerts in Bayeux, Arromanches, and at the beautiful castle in Bénouville. She will sing with the Central Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment, the Central Band of the Royal British Legion, the Band of Liberation and Pipes, and the International Massed Pipe Band, and of course a capella.

Emma’s schedule:

5th June

10:00 – 52nd Group Oxford and Bucks Regiment ceremony at The Veterans Charity Glider Stones, Memorial Pegasus Museum, with Rifles cadets and The Band and Bugles of The Rifles

11:00 – Spirit of Normandy Trust ceremony at Colleville-Mongomery, with the Central Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment and the International Massed Pipe Band

c.14:45 – CWGC Ranville Cemetery with veterans traveling with D-Day Revisited

23:30 – Midnight Ceremony at the statue of Major Howard with The Band and Bugles of The Rifles

6th June

15:00 – Royal British Legion veterans lunch with the Central Band of the Royal British Legion (private event)

16:30 – Arromanches closing ceremony

20:45 – Concert at Chateau de Bénouville with the Band of Liberation and Pipes

7th June

10:30 – Grangues ceremony with veterans travelling with the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans

2019-06-03T12:35:48+02:00June 1st, 2019|

US Mission to the EU

The original “Star-Spangled Banner,” after which the poem was written.
Source: Wikipedia

Emma is honoured to have been invited to sing ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ during the US Mission to the EU‘s 4th July celebration in Brussels, Belgium.

This event is by invitation only.

2019-06-02T14:05:37+02:00June 1st, 2019|

Royal Student Rowing Society “Njord”

Emma was delighted to have sung for the opening of the 145th anniversary exhibition of Njord Rowing Club in Leiden, the Netherlands. She sang the Njord song, “De hand aan de riemen gij zonen van Njord.” The exhibition, which details the history of the club, is at the Old University Library at Rapenburg 70. For more information (in Dutch), please follow this link.

2019-06-02T13:37:23+02:00May 29th, 2019|

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.

2019-06-02T13:29:25+02:00May 19th, 2019|

Frauenliebe und -leben

Robert Schumann
Source: Wikipedia

On Saturday, 25th May, Emma will sing during the Get Lost Festival in Leiden, the Netherlands. The ‘Get Lost’ festival is a feat of creativity, with music, art, food, and readings. Emma will perform Schumann’s setting of ‘Frauenliebe une -leben” with pianist Willeke Smits at Marktsteeg 10, the gallery of Casper Faassen.

Saturday, 25th May, 13:00 and 14:15, Marktsteeg 10, Leiden
For more information, please see here

2019-06-02T13:33:48+02:00May 18th, 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|