Christmas Eve in the Pieterskerk

Each year, the Protestant community in Leiden hosts two huge annual carol services in the Pieterskerk. The Pieterskerk is famous as the church of the “Pilgrim Fathers.” Pastor John Robinson, who travelled with the Pilgrims to the Netherlands, is buried there. He was too ill to sail with them to America on the Mayflower and he died in 1625.

The Pieterskerk is also known locally as the location in which the Protestant citizens of Leiden went to give thanks after the siege of Leiden ended in 1574.

The Christmas Eve services are open to all.

Monday, 24th December, 20:30 and 22:30 – Christmas Eve services at the Pieterskerk, Leiden, the Netherlands

2018-12-11T22:34:31+02:00December 22nd, 2018|

Leidse Cantorij Advent Concert

Emma will join the Leidse Cantorij in their annual Advent Concert in the Hooglandse Kerk in Leiden. The choir was founded in 1968 and specialises in Anglican choral music. As well as their regular work in the Netherlands, singing in most major cathedrals, they have sung in England in St. Paul’s, Gloucester, York, Rochester, and Peterborough Cathedrals, and St. George’s Chapel, Windsor. Their conductor is Hans Brons.

Emma has followed the choir with interest since she moved to the Netherlands since they evoke the Anglican choral sound so very well: the daily, choral Evensong is something she still misses. Recently, the Hooglandse Kerk has acquired a Father Willis Organ from 1892. Emma is delighted to be singing accompanied by this glorious instrument, in the capable hands of Willeke Smits.

Sunday, 23rd December, 20:15 – Leidse Cantorij Advent Concert, Hooglandse Kerk, Leiden

2018-12-11T22:30:11+02:00December 15th, 2018|

Christmas at the Veterans’ Institute

The Veterans’ Institute of the Netherlands provides twenty-four hour support for veterans and their families, social events, and it promotes research into issues concerning veterans and works to give veterans recognition in society. One of their social events is the annual Christmas concert, held at the Veterans’ Institute in Doorn. Emma will join the Band of Liberation and young violinist Pouya Azimi in a festive concert.

Sunday, 16th December, 14:00, Veteranen Insituut, Doorn, the Netherlands

2018-12-11T22:26:44+02:00December 11th, 2018|

Marcel van Duijvenvoorde

Dutch conductor Marcel van Duijvenvoorde has been celebrating forty years of working professionally as a musician: as an organist, pianist, and conductor. To mark this anniversary, he organised a series of concerts in the Netherlands and raised over €5,000 for Mamas, a charity supporting mothers and children in Africa.

Emma will join his choirs as a guest soloist in two concerts, together with Ensemble ‘Escapade.’

Friday, 14th December, 20:00 – Scheveningen Kerk Koor, Bethelskerk, Scheveningen

Friday, 21st December, 20:00 – Leidschendam Kerk Koor, Kruisheuvelkerk, Leidschendam

2018-12-11T22:24:40+02:00December 10th, 2018|

Memorial ceremony for children

On Sunday, 9thDecember, Emma will sing at Leiden’s ceremony for the Worldwide Candle-Lighting Day. The Leiden counsellors together with Xenia hospice organise an annual ceremony for the families of children who passed away. The ceremony includes reading, music, and the lighting of candles. This year, Emma will sing ‘Danny Boy’ and ‘Silent Night.’

Saturday, 9th December, 18:30, City Hall, Leiden, the Netherlands

2018-12-11T22:37:31+02:00December 9th, 2018|

Leiden International Military Christmas Tattoo

On 8th December, Emma will be the guest vocalist at the Leiden International Military Christmas Tattoo. She will sing with the Band of Liberation, K&G, and the Band and Drums of the Cheshire Constabulary. The tattoo features several international orchestras, Irish dancers, an Indonesian show, and young violinist Pouya Azimi.

There is an afternoon performance at 14:30 for people living with disabilities.

8th December, 2018, 20:00, ECC Holiday Inn, Leiden, the Netherlands.

For tickets, please contact

2018-11-30T19:15:04+02:00November 30th, 2018|

Christmas in Nantwich

Emma will join Crewe Brass, Acton Academy Choir, and Lydia Price for a Christmas concert at St. Mary’s, Nantwich. It will be a mixed and festive programme.

The concert will be broadcast live to Leighton and North Staffordshire Hospitals.

Saturday, 1st December, 2018, 19:30, St. Mary’s, Nantwich, United Kingdom.

Tickets priced £10 (adults) and £8 (concessions) are available through +44 7866 076926.

For more information, please see this link.

2018-11-07T11:07:12+02:00November 19th, 2018|



Germany remembers her fallen service men and women on the third Sunday of November. Emma is honoured to have been invited to sing for the German remembrance in Ysselsteyn German War Cemetery in the Netherlands. The cemetery in Ysselsteyn is the largest German war cemetery in the world, covering over 70 acres. It is the final resting place of over 31,500 service men, most of whom died during the Second World War. There are also 85 soldiers from the First World War.

Sunday, 18th November, 13:30, German War Cemetery Ysselsteyn, the Netherlands

The Facebook ‘event’ can be found via this link.

2018-11-07T11:01:27+02:00November 11th, 2018|

Simple Harmonic Motion

Simple Harmonic Motion are a three-piece band specialising in contemporary classical music and the new age genre. They present music and animations in churches across Europe. Emma is delighted to join them as a guest vocalist for two concerts.

Friday, 16th November, 21:00 – Hooglandse Kerk, Leiden, the Netherlands.

Saturday, 17th November, 20:30 – Eusebiuskerk Arnhem the Netherlands.

Both concerts are free and unticketed.

2018-11-07T10:56:21+02:00November 11th, 2018|

Commemorating the First World War

The railway carriage in which the armistice was signed.

One hundred years ago, at 11:00 on 11th November 1918, the guns of the First World War fell silent. The armistice had been signed in a railway carriage in the Forest of Compiègne. To mark the centenary of the armistice, Emma will sing during the Royal British Legion’s ceremony in the Somme at the CWGC Thiepval monument to the missing, just an hour from the very spot where the armistice was signed.

She will then travel to Belgium to sing at CWGC Tyne Cot cemetery, the largest British and Commonwealth cemetery in Belgium, and at the memorial to the tank crews in Poelkapelle.

Emma will help guide six pupils from her former primary school, Nottingham Girls’ High School, who will be visiting France and Belgium to learn more about the First World War and to experience remembrance ceremonies.

11th November, 2018
10:00 for 11:00 – Royal British Legion ceremony at Thiepval Memorial, France, with the Band of the Hampshire Constabulary.
15:30 – CWGC Tyne Cot, Belgium, with the West Yorkshire Police Band.
17:00 – Tank Memorial, Poelkapelle, Belgium, with the West Yorkshire Police Band.
2018-11-07T10:54:22+02:00November 5th, 2018|