Emily’s News

Here’s some recent news from Emily

Hi again! Its been a varied few months and lots of very different stuff coming up. 
I’m really delighted that thanks to the Arts Council funding, we will be performing Calcutta at three more venues over the coming months! DO try and catch it, in London, Brighton, or Leeds if you can (details here). If you watch in Leeds, unfortunately you won’t catch me, as I’ll be in London working on another exciting project – the perils of being a freelance musician! I’m delighted to have been invited to be Musical Director on a new play ‘Emilia’ by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm at Shakespeare’s Globe this summer.  

I am also very much looking forward to speaking as part of the Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music in July in Cremona. I’ll be discussing my research relating to mechanical musical instruments and their links to Handelian performance practice.

Apologies! Its been such a busy few months that unfortunately the website has been neglected somewhat! However there are now new dates in the Gig diary and some recent happenings to fill you in on here!!
The first part of this year was largely filled with Theatre work and with academia. Strange bedfellows perhaps but that’s what keeps life interesting! I had a fabulous time working again on Nell Gwynn, this time on a UK tour for English Touring Theatre. A wonderful cast and band, and a joy to take charge as Musical Director once again. During the tour I also submitted the thesis for my DMus (Doctor of Music), which meant I could relax and enjoy it somewhat from April onwards. We finished with two glorious weeks at Shakespeare’s Globe at the start of May and then 10 days later I performed my Doctoral Recital and sat my Viva Voce examination. So I am now a Dr. though with some bits of tidying up to do before the thesis is finally done and dusted and have been enjoying working on other bits and pieces. These have included working on new concert programmes, taking part is a fascinating research project on Performing Restoration Theatre at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, planning courses and projects for students of Historical Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and getting some fresh inspiration at WOMAD festival of World Music.

As you can see the Autumn is action packed and I would like to draw your attention particularly to Calcutta – a piece of music/theatre or theatrical-music which celebrates a fascinating point of genuine musical crossover between British baroque and Indian classical music and is a feast of multi-cultural beauty. The project is currently urgently seeking donations (until 3rd Sept 2017)

You can help here – and please do share the link too!


If you’re watching this mini-series on BBC 1 this month listen out for me!
I recorded the music for this a few weeks ago for the wonderful Jessica Dannheisser who has composed the original music for the show. You can catch up here! 

This album is now available to download FOR FREE from bandcamp.com. It features music from the lifetime of Henry V performed on Recorders, Shawms, bagpipes, fiddle, gittern and percussion – alongside dramatic narration taken from various historical and modern sources – performed by actor Anthony Taylor. Download your copy HERE!

Within the next couple of weeks BLONDEL’s new album will be released, with launch concerts at Greenwich Early Music Festival, St Mary-at-Hill Church and Colchester Early Music
See the Diary of Events for more details. The album has been generously funded by the Agincourt600 Committee and will therefore be available for download FREE OF CHARGE!! More information to follow SOON.



1/2/16 – NELL GWYNN
Very excited to announce the opening of Nell Gwynn, for which I am Musical Director, at the Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue on 4th Feb!
This week we go into technical rehearsals and on Thursday 4th Feb we open with this fantastic, joyful production. Starring Gemma Arterton as Nell and a fantastic cast (and band!) this show is already selling well. You can find out more here

A little message from me to wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas season! 
I’ll be having an actual holiday just prior to the big day in order to prepare for a very busy start to 2016! Blondel will be performing at Hampton Court Palace as part of their Christmas/Twelfth Night festivities. We have also just released our debut album!! Zephirus His Sweete Breeth is available to download now at www.cdbaby.com and we can’t wait for you to hear it! We will also be recording again in early 2016 as a special commission to commemorate the battle of Agincourt….


The Fellowshippe of Musickers has a new online album, released yesterday at our performance in Trollhättan, Sweden! You can download this from https://thefellowshippeofmusickers.bandcamp.com/

I’m also thrilled to announce that I will be Musical Director for a new play ‘Nell Gwynn’ by Jessica Swayle with music by Nigel Hess at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in September/October this year. Looking forward to this very much!

Unfortunately we came extremely close with the Barclays Premiership ad pitch, but just missed out on being the final selection
BUT – I’m now excited to be heading to Hampton Court tomorrow to start rehearsals for their 500th anniversary celebration events. Blondel will be performing (in the kitchens!) during the day and also in the evening as part of the champagne receptions – Looking forward to the fireworks!

Apologies for the lack of updates in the last couple of months! As you will now see I’ve been busy, and following a period of time doing my civic duty on Jury Service I am now settling back into my writing space. I’ve had a few other exciting engagements recently including my Hurdy Gurdy debut and recording a pitch (no pun intended) for an advert for Barclays Premiership for a composer friend. I’ll let you know if it gets picked up!

I’ve also, along with my bandmates been working hard on two forthcoming albums. Release dates are still TBC but watch this space for details of

Zephirus, his swete bretheBlondel


As Y Lay Upon a Nygt – The Fellowshippe of Musickers

Do have a look through the updated Diary of Events page – I’d love to see you at a performance sometime!

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