Emily studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), where she studies with Clare Shearer. From September 2019, the 23-year-old mezzo begins her studies at the prestigious RCS Alexander Gibson Opera School.
Recent and forthcoming engagements include Elgar’s ‘Sea Pictures’ with Watford Youth Sinfonia, Elgar’s ‘The Music Makers’ with the Nottingham Festival Chorus, understudying the role of Dinah in the RCS Opera School production of Bernstein’s ‘Trouble in Tahiti’, singing the role of Wellgunde in a concert performance of Wagner’s Das Rheingold with the Edinburgh Players Opera Group, RCS Opera Scenes and a number of recitals including performances in the Nottingham Classics concert series and the Southwell Minster ‘Music in the Great Hall’ concert series. She will also be a Selected Artist for Making Music UK from March 2019-20.
She holds a BA (Hons) First Class in Music from the University of York (2017) and is a graduate of The Sixteen’s ‘Genesis Sixteen’ training programme and was a Southwell Music Festival Vocal Apprentice during the 2018 festival.
Operatic credits include Sara (Tobias and the Angel, Dove) for Streetwise Opera, Nancy (Albert Herring, Britten) and Female Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia, Britten) for Aspect Opera. La Tasse Chinoise/L’éureuil (L’enfant et les Sortilèges, Ravel), Fatima (Oberon, Weber) Sorceress (Dido & Aeneas, Purcell) all for the University of York Opera Society and Masha (Paradise Moscow, Shostakovich) for the University of York.
Soloist engagements include: Mozart’s ‘Litaniae Laurentanae’ with the European Union Chamber Orchestra and Gresham’s School at St John Smith Square, and MacMillan’s ‘Seven Last Words from the Cross’ with Aldeburgh Voices; both with the NYCGB Fellowship, Galatea/Chorus (Acis & Galatea, Handel) with members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for Beverley Early Music Festival, Joan the Knight (La Pucelle, Rose Hall) for the York Spring Festival of New Music, Duruflé’s ‘Requiem’ and JS Bach’s ‘Ascension Oratorio’ both for Yorkshire Bach Choir, Mozart’s ‘Coronation Mass’ for Nottingham Festival Chorus and his Requiem for Stamford Choral Society. Emily was a Fellow of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain in 2017-18, performing as part of the Fellowship Octet, which included performances at the London A Capella Festival, Cadogan Hall, Royal Concert Hall Nottingham, a residency at the Snape Maltings, a BBC Radio 3 In Tune broadcast and recording a number of new releases.
Emily had the honour of being the first Female Alto to sing with the Men and Boys Choirs at Southwell Minster in February 2018, a landmark moment in the Minsters 900+ year history.
Emily is supported by the Ena Mitchell Scholarship and winner of the Liz Chant Bursary and the John & Barbara Beaumont Bursary.