Emma has always had a huge passion for music and started playing piano at an early age. In 2006, Emma went to Kingston University to study music performance, specialising in percussion, on the BMus (hons) programme. She then went on to study for her Masters in orchestral percussion and timpani for two years at Trinity College of Music, completing her studies in 2011. Whilst at Trinity, Emma was awarded the Leverhulme scholarship for research and education, and a scholarship for study from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She was offered many fantastic opportunities including working with and being mentored by the BBC Concert Orchestra, attending many professional rehearsals including ENO, RPO, BBCCO, contemporary ensembles and shows. Alongside the performance content of her course, Emma took a keen interest in working with young people and looking at the effects music had within communities, and her Master’s thesis entitled ‘Community Music – An Interactive Teaching Resource for Workshop Leading Outside of an Educational Setting’ was inspired by this passion.
Emma now works for Berkshire Maestros as Lead Teacher for Orchestral Percussion and Timpani. Motivated by her Masters thesis, working with the next generation of young musicians, developing music within the community and using music as both an educational and therapeutic tool is driving Emma’s career onwards and upwards with new and exciting opportunities around every corner. Alongside her career in education, Emma still works as a regular freelance percussionist, performing with many London and Berkshire based orchestras, function bands, shows and chamber ensembles.