2018 oratorio highlights include Beethoven’s epic work, his Missa Solemnis, with Altrincham Choral Society, performed at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester – where Emma gained her postgraduate diploma. The other soloists were Emma Stannard, Christopher Turner and the inimitable Andrew Greenan. All conducted by the wonderful Steven Roberts, who has been a keen supporter of Emma over the years. Emma looks forward to joining the choir again in the autumn for Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle.
Another highlight of 2018 was performing the solos in Verdi Requiem and Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater at the newly refurbished McEwan Hall, Edinburgh with Edinburgh Royal Choral Union (ERCU) and Edinburgh University Chamber Choir and the Edinburgh Pro Musica Orchestra, bolstered by students of the University of Edinburgh, under the baton of superb Michael Bawtree. The other soloists were Raphaela Mangan (mezzo-soprano); Alex Bevan (tenor) and Arthur Bruce (Baritone). It was one of the most incredible concert experiences, with the hall packed to the rafters and the choir and orchestra making the most outrageous noise! Emma will be joining ERCU again in the spring in Bach’s B Minor Mass.