Emily studied with Linda Hirst and Robert Bottriell at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
She took leading roles in two operas there - creating the role of Madge in Stephen McNeff's Banished with Jessica Cottis, and singing Ottavia in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea conducted by Nicolas Kraemer. Both performances saw Emily singled out in the national press as “one to watch”. Fiona Maddocks wrote in the Guardian and Observer that Emily was a performer who “stood out as already knowing how to use her dramatic and vocal skills to the utmost.”
Since graduating in 2017, Emily has performed as a soloist at the Royal Albert Hall St. Paul's, Kings Place, and the Purcell Room as well as performing live on BBC Radio 3's In Tune. Her roles have include Lady Bertram in Jonathan Dove's Mansfield Park for Waterperry Opera Festival and Volpino in Baroquestock's production of Haydn's Lo Speziale. Among toher highlights, 2019 saw Emily playing Mrs Grose for Bury Court Opera's production of Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten, record a documentary for the BBC on Stanley Bate, revisit her role as Lady Bertram in Mansfield Park, and perform Verdi's Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall as the mezzo soloist.
She was a young artist in Leeds Lieder 2016 and toured with Catherine Bott playing a young Jane Austen, in John Morrison’s A History of England.
She was the recipient of the City Livery Club Prize for Excellence. In March 2018 she was the recipient of the Christopher Ball Second Prize and the Audience Prize at the John Kerr Award for English Song and in June 2018 she won the second prize in the AESS Patricia Routledge English Song competition.
Emily has participated in a number of masterclasses with Matthew Rose, Roderick Williams, Rory Kinnear, Susan Bullock, Ruby Philogene, Eugene Asti and James Gilchrist. She also achieved success at an earlier age when she was named BBC Radio 2 Choir Girl of the Year 2000. She went on to record the album “Passiontide” for Naxos to critical acclaim, and has since released solo tracks under Chandos Movies and Divine Art Recordings Group.
Emily is represented by Lawrence Kershaw of The Music Partnership.
Websites are a tricky business. I am a professional singer and therefore in the business of communicating to people. I'm not sure that biographies communicate all that much, so here is a bit more information on my motivations:
I started performing at the age of nine and by fifteen I had toured the UK, won the BBC Radio 2 Choir Girl of the Year Competition, recorded some genuinely appalling videos for Songs of Praise, released an album, reached number eight in the classical charts and had two Brit Award nominations to my name.
I then went to Chetham’s School of Music. I thrived there but discovered that I knew nothing about classical music. Newly terrified of the stage, I became a Legal PA on Chancery Lane and avoided singing for a decade.
I sang at a church in Earl’s Court as a favour for a friend of mine and in the congregation was Linda Hirst, the then head of the vocal department at Trinity Laban. She gave me a couple of singing lessons, told me I was worth my salt, and suggested I change my life and become a student… so I did.
It is truly amazing to me, now that I've graduated, that I get to do this for a living. Please do follow me on twitter to see what I'm up to!