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Emma Kirkby


When British soprano Emma Kirkby started her professional profession within the mid-’70s, period performance practice was simply beginning to help to make its way in to the realm of vocal music. Kirkby, mentored by Jessica Money, became a pioneer of period practice for Renaissance and Baroque vocal soloists. She researched classical books at Oxford and got vocal lessons, but didn’t intend on becoming a vocalist. She became a member of the Taverner Choir in 1971, and a year or two later, she started a long-lasting cooperation using the Consort of Musicke. She produced her 1974 concert debut in London and her 1st tour of america in 1978. Trips to all from the main music capitals of the globe have followed. Specifically noteworthy was a tour from the Arabian claims with lutenist Anthony Rooley, to whom she actually is wedded. In her collaborations with organizations like those mentioned previously, among others — like the Academy of Old Music, London Baroque, Fretwork, L’Orfeo, as well as the Purcell Quartet — she improved the public knowing of right Baroque efficiency practice while thoroughly staying away from pedantry. She brings significant amounts of theatre and musicianship to her shows. Aside from the lute tracks from the Renaissance period, Kirkby established fact for her shows from the cantatas and passions of Bach as well as the choral music of Monteverdi. Her tone of voice is an extremely light, lyric soprano of uncommon sweetness. She’s exceptional control of the tone of voice and can sing without the vibrato, an excellent that many professionals of early music choose. Her a huge selection of recordings provide an excellent watch of the number of her repertoire, sometimes even expanding onto it, since she’s recorded many operas that she’s not really sung on-stage, including Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Handel’s Orlando, and Hasse’s Cleofide. Occasionally, she’ll try something unforeseen, like the music of Amy Seaside or cantatas by little-known Baroque composers. Her early recordings had been area of the Florilegium series from Decca. Since that time she’s documented on Hyperion, Carus, CPO, Harmonia Mundi, BIS, as well as other brands. Kirkby was produced a Dame from the British isles Empire in 2007.

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Full Name Emma Kirkby
Profession Teacher, Singer
Education Sherborne School for Girls, Somerville College, Oxford
Nationality English
Spouse Andrew Parrott
Awards Danish Grammy Award for Danish Classical Album of the Year
Music Groups Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
Music Songs Nulla in mundo pax sincera, "Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben", Columba aspexit, If in This Flesh, Where the bee sucks, Mozart / Laudate Dominum, Messiah, HWV 56: Part I. "Thus saith the Lord - But who may abide the day of his coming", But who may abide the day of his coming, Olinda in the Shades Unseen, O viridissima virga, Come Let Us Sound, Recitativo, Laudate Dominum, Chiome D'oro, Constant Penelope, Like as the Lute Delights, Tu virginum corona, Hark! How all things, Ei! Wie Schmeckt Der Coffee Süße, The Cares of Lovers, The Morning, solo cantata for voice, flute , strings & continuo, If God be for us, Mi palpita il cor, Gloria in excelsis Deo, Credete al mio dolore, Diffugere nives, O come sei gentile, "Capricious Man", Io son pur vezzosetta, "Quel fior che all'alba ride" , HWV.192, Cantate Domino, Handel: Alceste, HWV 45 - Gentle Morpheus
Albums Italian Cantatas, Purcell: Dido & Aeneas, The Pure Voice of Emma Kirkby, Sacred Cantatas, Handel: Athalia (2 CDs), Orpheus in England, Mozart: Exsultate Jubilate; Motets, Arie antiche, Emma Kirkby Sings Handel, Arne, Haydn & Mozart, Handel: Messiah (Remastered 2014), Sacred Vocal Music (The Parley of Instruments), Olympia's Lament, Songs and Dialogues, Musique and Sweet Poetrie: Jewels from Europe around 1600, Consort Songs (Fretwork, feat. soprano: Emma Kirkby), Stabat Mater (Theatre of Early Music, feat. soprano: Emma Kirkby, contratenor: Daniel Taylor), Shakespeare's Lutenist, Dr. Arne at Vauxhall Gardens, Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri, Purcell: Dido & Aeneas; The Indian Queen, Handel: Messiah Highlights (Classic FM: The Full Works), A Purcell Songbook, The Glories of Handel Opera, An Elizabethan Songbook, Hasse, J.A.: Cleofide [Opera] (Kirby), Cantatas, Concertos & Magnificat, Haydn: Songs and Cantatas, Baroque Vocal Masterpieces, Monteclair: Cantates a voix seule, Bach, J.S.: Coffee Cantata; Peasant Cantata, Andreas Scholl: Vivaldi, The English Orpheus, Magnificat, J.S. Bach: De Occulta Philosphia (José Miguel Moreno feat. soprano: Emma Kirkby, contratenor: Carlos Mena), Handel: Esther, Bach, J.S.: Wedding Cantatas, Purcell: The Indian Queen, Bach, J.S.: Mein Herze Schwimmt Im Blut / Ich Habe Genug (Kirby), Early Cantatas, Volume 2 : Weimar (The Purcell Quartet feat. soprano: Emma Kirkby, couter-tenor: Michael Chance, tenor: Charles Daniels, bass: Peter Harvey), Handel: Utrecht Te Deum/Jubilate etc. (2 CDs), Couperin, F.: Trois Leçons de Ténèbres; Motet pour le jour de Pâques, Bach, J.S.: Christ Lag in Todesbanden / Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 (Arr. for Lute), Arias, Marcello: Oboe Concerto / Vivaldi: 2 Cantatas; Recorder Concerto in C; Trio Sonata in B minor, Bach, J.S.: Early Cantatas, Vol. 2 (Bwv 12, 18, 61, 161), Handel 9 German Arias HWV 202-210, Handel, G.F.: Solo Cantatas, Hwv 110, 113, 142, 173, The Sound Of Emma Kirkby (By Classic FM), Coprario: Funeral Teares; Consort Music, Sacred Cantatas, Volume 1 (The Purcell Quartet feat. soprano: Emma Kirkby, Suzie LeBlanc, bass: Peter Harvey, violin: Clare Salaman), Beach: Chanson D'Amour
Nominations Juno Award for Classical Album of the Year – Vocal or Choral Performance, Classic Brit Award for Female Artist of the Year, Classic Brit Award for Ensemble/Orchestral Album of the Year
Movies Monteverdi: Banquet of the Senses, Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthaus Passion, Di Lasso & Ockeghem: The Hilliard Ensemble: Consort of Musicke

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1 She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2000 Queen's Birthday Honors List for her services to music.
2 She was awarded Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2007 Queen Elizabeth's Birthday Honors List for her services to music.



Joseph Haydn: The Creation 1990 TV Movie Gabriel and Eva
God Rot Tunbridge Wells! 1985 TV Movie Singer 'But who may abide'
Henry VIII 1979 TV Movie Singer



Big Nothing 2006 performer: "Stabat Mater"
A Beautiful Mind 2001 performer: "Columba aspexit"
God Rot Tunbridge Wells! 1985 TV Movie performer: "But who may abide"

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A History of Britain 2000 TV Mini-Series documentary solo vocalist - 2 episodes



Retour au baroque 1993 TV Series documentary Soprano: 'Conservate Radoppiate' by Handel
Messiah 1982 TV Movie documentary Soprano

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