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Emma Bell Soprano

Emma Bell, from Leamington Spa, began her vocal training with Janne Kent with whom she studied until 1992 when she gained an entrance scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. She graduated in 1996 with First Class Honours and, having completed the two-year opera course, gained a Dip.RAM.

Whilst at the Academy Emma won many prizes including a Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship, the Dove Prize, and numerous annual awards. Whilst on the opera course she performed the title role of Radamisto, Handel, and Salustia (Alessandro Severo), Handel (both in conjunction with the London Handel Society); and Lia (L'Enfant prodigue), Debussy. Following her first season in the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus last year Emma was awarded the Richard Lewis / Jean Shanks bursary to support her studies at the National Opera Studio. She subsequently went on to make her Glyndebourne Touring Opera debut in the title role of Rodelinda, Handel. Recent concert engagements have included The Messiah, Handel, in the Bridgewater Hall, The Creation, Haydn, in the Westminster Central Hall, and the London première of Sa joie est dans la verité, Sharon Eitan, at St. John's Smith Square.

Emma is a member of the Piano Plus Ensemble, formed in 1996, with whom she has performed the 7 Romances op.127, Shostakovich; Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, Schubert; and folksong arrangements by McCabe.

Emma was the 1998 Kathleen Ferrier Award Winner and made her Wigmore Hall debut recital in May of this year. She continues to study with Joy Mammen.

March 1999

Emma Bell photograph

Emma Bell sang the soprano solo part in Brahms' Deutsches Requiem with Wokingham Choral Society on Saturday 28th November 1998, and joined us again in Mozart's C Minor Mass on 28th March 1999.

We are delighted to welcome her back to sing with us in Handel's Messiah on 27th November 1999.