Sturm und Drang and Hallowe’en

Emma has been working together with clarinetist John Macfarlane and pianist Hein Putter as a trio: Trio colla Voce. On 31st October, they will perform during the concert series organised by the Leiden University Hospital “LUMC.” The programme consists of Louis Spohr’s (1784-1859) Sechs deutsche Lieder and a new composition by Emma: ‘The Hag,’ on a poem by Robert Herrick (1591-1674), written especially for Hallowe’en. The concert will be broadcast on hospital radio.

The concert is free and members of the public are welcome.

Wednesday, 31stOctober, 17:00, Boerhaaveplein, LUMC, Leiden, the Netherlands

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First World War Reminiscence Veterans Charity Gala

The organisation “Friends of Flanders” has arranged a charity gala at Charing Cross Theatre, London, to raise money for veterans charities including The Royal British Legion, Combat Stress, Chelsea Pensioners, and Help for Heroes. Emma will sing ‘I vow to thee my country,’ ‘Jerusalem,’ and ‘Tell My Father’ and participate in a premiere of a new work by singer-songwriters Dan and Laura Curtis.

Sunday, 28th October, 15:00 and 19:00, Charing Cross Theatre, London

Tickets are available here.

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World War I Centennial Ceremony for US Operations in Belgium

“In Flanders Fields”
Music by John Jacobson and Roger Emerson , poem by John McCrae
Arranged by Deputy Conductor Dominique Lecomte
Royal Belgian Airforce Orchestra under conductor Captain Matty Cilissen
Performed during the ninetieth anniversary of the Menin Gate, 24th July 2017

On 27th October, Emma will sing during a ceremony at the American Cemetery in Belgium, “In Flanders Fields” to mark the one hundredth anniversary of American Operations in Belgium during the First World War. There are 368 burials at “In Flanders Fields” cemetery, and a wall commemorates the 43 missing.

Emma will sing with the SHAPE (Supreme HeadquartersAllied Powers Europe) Band. Her repertoire includes Jacobson and Emerson’s setting of John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields,” arranged for Emma and the Orchestra of the Royal Belgian Air Forceby Deputy Conductor Dominique Lecomte.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please click here.

Saturday, October 27, 15:00, ABMC In Flanders Fields, Waregem, Belgium

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Aspects of War

Han Louis Meijer
Photo: Oscar Timmers

On 21st October, Emma will give a concert in Zwanenburg, the Netherlands, together with pianist Han-Louis Meijer. She will present a programme of music from and about the First- and Second World Wars, including poetry, war letters, and stories from her work singing for remembrance and veterans.

Sunday 21st October, 14:00, De Olm, Zwanenburg
Tickets are available via

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Remembrance in CWGC Prémont

Lt. Colonel Charles Turner van Straubenzee

Emma recently visited the British War Cemetery in Prémont, France, to sing during a family ceremony for Lieutenant Colonel Charles Turner van Straubenzee (1876-1918), who died in the line of duty on 9th October, 2018, just over a month before the end of the First World War. Lt. Col. Van Straubenzee fought with the Royal Canadian Dragoons. Members of his family from Canada, the US, and Britain organised and attended a ceremony at his grave.

Who are we now? His legacy… our very selves.
Hilary Walker

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An extract from the ‘Sanctus’ from Gounod’s Messe Solenelle de Sainte Cécile.

The Orchestra of the Royal Dutch Airforce, the Leidse Cantorij, conductor Remco van Viersen.

Pieterskerk, Leiden, 3rd October, 2018.

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The Liberation of Leiden

During the Eighty Years War, the city of Leiden was under siege from 1573 until 1574. Almosthalfthe town’s population died of starvation or disease. During the night of 2nd October, 1574, the enemy troops retreated. The next morning, the relieving rebels or ‘Sea Beggars’ brought herring and white bread to the townsfolk.

Each year, a festival is held in Leiden to celebrate the liberation of the city. This year, Emma will sing during the remembrance service in the Pieterskerk. She will perform the ‘Sanctus’ from Gounod’s “Messe solennelle de Sainte-Cécile” with the orchestra of the Dutch Royal Air Force (De Kapel van de Koninklijke Luchtmacht) and the Leidse Cantorij, with conductor Sergeant Major Remco van Viersen.

Wednesday, 3rd October, 10:00, Pieterskerk, Leiden, the Netherlands.

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In the Footsteps of the Fallen

On Sunday, 30th September, Emma will sing as a guest soloist during a Royal British Legion concert at the Civic Hall in Nantwich, England. She will perform a range of songs focusing on the First World War, together with the Band and Drums of the Cheshire Constabulary, with conductor David Woollam, and the Jedburgh Pipes and Drums.

For more information and tickets, please follow this link.

Sunday 30th September, Civic Hall, Nantwich, UK

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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

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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.

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