“The concert opened with the magical sound of a solo soprano singing from the organ gallery… The clear and focused voice of soprano Emma Walshe proved to be the continuing highlight of the evening.”Andrew Benson-Wilson
A Baroque and Renaissance specialist, Emma Walshe is fast becoming one of the UK’s most sought-after early music sopranos and she has enchanted audiences and critics alike with her pure voice.
Emma’s solo work has seen her collaborate with world-renowned early music ensembles and conductors, including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Laurence Cummings, Stephen Devine, Masaaki Suzuki), Tenebrae (Nigel Short), Arcangelo (Jonathan Cohen), The Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists (Sir John Eliot Gardiner), Gabrieli Consort and Players (Paul McCreesh) and the Early Opera Company (Christian Curnyn). Her thriving career has seen her perform in some of the world’s most prestigious venues including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Wiener Konzerthaus, Felsereitschule Salzburg, Kölner Philharmonie, Cité de la Musique Paris and the Royal Festival Hall.
Recent performances include Bach’s St John Passion at the Lausanne Bach Festival and Cadogan Hall; Bach cantatas at King’s Place; Purcell odes from the Potsdam Music Festival; Bach’s Mass in B Minor at the British Museum; Fauré’s Requiem at Snape Maltings; Monteverdi’s Vespers in Gloucester Cathedral. Emma’s numerous recordings include the award-nominated Arcangelo disc ‘John Blow: An Ode on the death of Mr Henry Purcell’ and the award-winning Gabrieli disc ‘A Rose Magnificat’.
After graduating in music from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, Emma participated in the Monteverdi Choir Apprenticeship Scheme under Sir John Eliot Gardiner. She subsequently worked closely with the group, performing solos in Handel’s Israel in Egypt in Lucerne, Rheingau and the Edinburgh Festival, Bach cantatas at Cadogan Hall and a tour of Handel’s Dixit Dominus including a performance at Buckingham Palace and a televised broadcast from the Chapelle Royalle Versailles.
Emma’s operatic work has included Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Devon Baroque, Gluck’s Orphée at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Weber’s Le Freyschutz at the Opera Comique Paris and Bizet’s Carmen at the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg.
In addition to her solo career Emma is in regular demand as a consort singer. She has worked with many prestigious vocal ensembles including Tenebrae, Gabrieli Consort, Arcangelo, Early Opera Company, The Sixteen, Polyphony, The Cardinall’s Musick, Collegium Vocale Gent, The Marian Consort and Ora Singers. Since 2014 Emma has been one of the two regular sopranos for The Tallis Scholars (Peter Phillips), performing extensively across the world, including in Japan, China, Europe and the USA.
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