Emma Johnson is one of the UK’s most well-known musicians and has been described by The Times as ‘Britain’s favourite clarinettist’. Born in Hertfordshire, Emma went to Sevenoaks School (where, until recently, she was still a Governor) and then to Pembroke College Cambridge.
Prior to studying at Cambridge, Emma won the 1984 BBC Young Musician of the Year title and by the time she finished her studies had a burgeoning professional career. Appearances at all the major concert halls in Britain followed, with most of the professional orchestras asking her perform with them. Emma also made many television appearances and signed an exclusive contract with ASV records. And all this before the age of 30!
Emma has since gone on to record over 30 albums including concertos that have been written specifically for her. John Dankworth wrote ‘Suite for Emma’ for her in 1987. Emma has branched out into Jazz and other genres as can be found on her wonderful album from 2016 ‘Clarinet goes to town’. She is one of the UK’s biggest selling classical artists.
Emma was awarded an M.B.E for her services to music in 1996. An exciting collaboration with composer Jonathan Dove saw Emma working with children, holding workshops and giving performances throughout the UK, recreating the story of The Pied Piper. She has also given masterclasses in many countries throughout the world and was a professor at the Royal Academy of Music.
Tonight, Emma appears with Gregory Drott. Gregory is Organist and Director of Music at St Stephen’s Church, Gloucester Road, London and was a prize-winning organ and piano student at the RCM before studying at Pembroke, Cambridge, where he held the post of Director of Music between 2014 and 2016.
Emma’s wonderfully varied programme this evening includes Fantasiestücke by Schumann, works by Mozart and Saint-Saens, plus the suite from ‘The Victorian Kitchen Garden’ and Gershwin’s Tribute to Benny Goodwin.
Tickets to this event will be limited to 150.