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Airborne Memorial Service

The Airborne memorial service is held annually to commemorate the airmen who participated in Operation Market Garden. The CWGC cemetery at Oosterbeek has over 1,500 British, Commonwealth, Dutch, and Polish airmen who participated in Operation Market Garden.

Emma will lead the hymns and sing during the wreath-laying, with the Royal Harmony Orchestra of Oosterbeek under conductor Jurgen Nab.

Sunday, 23rd September, 11:00, CWGC Oosterbeek, Van Limburg Stirumweg, 6861 WL Oosterbeek

2018-09-23T22:55:25+02:00September 21st, 2018|

FZ626 Monument Unveiling

The story of Dakota FZ626 shows the fortitude and self-sacrifice of the servicemen of the Second World War.

On 19thSeptember, 1944, Dakota FZ626 flew to Drop zone ‘V’ near Arnhem, the Netherlands, to deliver supplies to British and Polish ground troops. She was part of a group of planes consisting of 101 Short Stirling Bombers and 63 Dakotas. 97 planes were shot, and 19 did not make it back home.

Dakota FZ626 was shot down as she approached the drop-zone. Instead of turning the aircraft away from the guns, Pilot Officer John (Len) Wilson flew directly towards them. The plane hit one of the fours gun and the explosion when she landed caused panic amongst the gun crews. Len Wilson, Herbert Osbourne, Reginald French, James Grace and Richard Newth were killed in the crash. Les Gaydon, Vince Dillworth and Wilfred Jenkinson cleared the burning aircraft in time by parachute. They were taken prisoner by the Germans.

For more information about incredible story of FZ626, please visit this informative website.

To commemorate the crew of Dakota FZ626, a private sponsor has commissioned a monument. It will be unveiled on Friday, 21stSeptember. Emma will sing “Abide with Me” and lead the national anthems during the ceremony.

Friday, 21st September, 15:00 Bakenbergseweg 264, Schaarsbergen, the Netherlands.

2018-09-17T16:11:22+02:00September 20th, 2018|

Renkum Airborne Monument

The design for the Airborne Monument at Renkum.

On Friday, 21st September, the Airborne Monument in Renkum will be unveiled by Glider Pilot Frank Ashleigh and parachutist Steven Morgan. Both fought during the Second World War in Operation Market Garden and both were taken prisoner of war by the Germans.

For more information about the monument, please follow this link.

Friday, 21st September, 12:30, Telefoonweg 2, Renkem, the Netherlands

2018-09-23T22:45:15+02:00September 20th, 2018|

Remembrance in Kleve, Germany

With Commando Patrick Churchill during last year’s Stichting Nederland-America tour.

The Stichting Nederland-Amerika (Dutch-America Association) organises annual visits to the Netherlands for Second World War veterans from the US, Canada, and the UK. This year, the veterans will visit Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, the largest CWGC cemetery in Germany. Around 7,500 commonwealth servicemen are buried in the cemetery, as well as some Polish servicemen.

Those buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery fought in various campaigns. Many of the soldiers of the land forces died in the advance through Reichswald Forest in February, 1945. The airbourne forces landed in nearby Hamminkeln and crossed the Rhine. There are also bodies of airmen recovered from air attacks over Germany.

Thursday, 20thSeptember, 11:15, CWGC Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Grunewaldstrasse 47533, Kleve, Germany

2018-09-17T16:04:12+02:00September 15th, 2018|

Tattoo Alphen aan den Rijn

On Saturday, 15th September Emma will sing as a guest soloist during the Alphen aan den Rijn Tattoo. The tattoo features the bands Crescendo, METRO, the Band of Liberation and Pipes, Avendo, and Con Brio. Emma will sing with the Band of Liberation with conductor Simon Dubbelaar.

20:00, Alphen aan den Rijn City Hall, Castellumstraat, Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands

2018-09-17T15:57:56+02:00September 10th, 2018|

Welsh Guards Pilgrimage

Emma will join soldiers, officers, and veterans of the Welsh Guards in Hechtel, Belgium, to sing during remembrance ceremonies during their pilgrimage.

The Welsh Guards fought at Hechtel during the Second World War. In 1944, they helped capture ‘Joe’s Bridge,’ a wooden bridge over the Bocholt-Herentals Canal, which became a strategic point in Operation Market-Garden.

During their pilgrimage, the group will visit sites linked to the Welsh Guards during the First- and Second World Wars.

Emma will sing during a remembrance ceremony at the Sherman Tank monument on Sunday, 9thSeptember.

2018-09-02T09:15:26+02:00September 2nd, 2018|

Schubert, Grieg, and Wagner

On Sunday, 2nd September, Emma will join members of Flow Performing Arts and pianist Isolde Troost in a presentation of classical music with difference dance forms. Dancers Florence Rapati, Jelle Chin and Thami Joe Fischer will perform in various dance styles including classical ballet, tap, and contemporary.

Emma will join the dancers to sing Schubert’s Gretchen am Spinnrade, Grieg’s Ved Gjætle-Bekken, and Wagner’s Liebestod (arr. Liszt).

The programme includes the Arabian Dance from The Nutcracker, Irene van Zeeland’s choreography for a piece by Philip Glass, Ravel’s Ondine, comic tap-dancing to Mozart’s Rondo alla Turca, and a piano solo written especially for Isolde Troost by Dutch composer Jannum Kruidhof: Daedalus en Icarus.

Sunday, 1stSeptember, 14:00, Studio B in The Hague Openbare Bibliotheek, The Hague, the Netherlands.

2018-09-02T09:13:14+02:00August 29th, 2018|

Gloucester Cathedral

The Leidse Cantorij at Gloucester Cathedral.

Emma’s composition O Lux Beata Trinitas from the poem by St. Ambrose will be sung at Evensong and Eucharist at Gloucester Cathedral, England.

O Lux Beata Trinitas plays on the idea of the Trinity. Each vocal line uses only three notes, thus limiting the chord combinations available.

A recording can be found on Emma’s composer page.

The Leidse Cantorij will be singing in Gloucester from 20th– 26thAugust with conductor Hans Brons and organists Huw Williams and Martyn Noble.

Saturday, 25thAugust, Evensong 16:30

Sunday, 26thAugust, Eucharist 10:15

2018-09-02T09:09:06+02:00August 21st, 2018|

First World War Commemorations in Hay on Wye

Emma will sing during the Hay on Wye World War One Commemoration Weekend. This is the culmination of a series of commemorations which have taken place since 2014 organised by the Royal British Legion for Hay and the surrounding towns and villages.

The weekend will include living history exhibitions, military bands, veterans groups, and parades. Emma will sing during the remembrance service with the Surrey Police Band, the Swansea City Pipe Band, and Talgarth Male Choir, Wern Fach Choir, and Rhayader Voices in Unity. One hundred red roses will be laid in memory of the fallen.

There will be a performance of a new song, “Home at Last,” composed especially for the occasion by John Rees and arranged by musical director Graham Atterbury.

4thand 5thAugust, Hay on Wye, Wales.

2018-07-10T12:30:01+02:00July 19th, 2018|

Patrick Churchill, Commando No. 4 (1924-2018)

With Patrick Churchill at Vierville sur Mer, Normandy, on 4th June.

…it sounded more exciting than peeling potatoes…”

Patrick Churchill volunteered for the Royal Marines when he was just seventeen years old. He was called up in March, 1942, just after his eighteenth birthday. He then volunteered for Special Service because “it sounded more exciting than peeling potatoes,” taking the Commando Course at Achnacarry, Scotland.

Patrick served with the 2ndRoyal Marines Armoured Support Regiment and landed on Juno Beach on D-Day, 6thJune 1944. After a month fighting in the Battle of Normandy, he returned briefly to the UK and was reassigned to the 4 Army Commando. Patrick returned to Europe and participated in the liberation of Walcheren, the Netherlands, landing on Uncle Beach, Vlissingen, on 1stNovember 1944. There is a plaque in Walcheren in Patrick’s honour.

In 1960, Patrick met a lady called Karin Busch. She had lost her mother in the bombing of Dresden and her twin brother was blinded in the fire storm. Patrick and Karin fell in love and married in 1962

Emma met Karin in Normandy in 2016. The following year, she met Patrick in Passchendaele, where he was attending the commemorations of the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele in which his father had seen action with the Grenadier Guards.

Sadly, Karin passed away last January. Patrick travelled to Normandy in June with his son, Francis. A few weeks later, he passed away. Emma will travel to England privately to sing at his funeral.

Link: the story of Partick and Karin Churchill.

2018-07-10T12:33:38+02:00July 13th, 2018|