Emily Dickens

Award: Career Development Bursary

Year: 2016

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Soprano

Location: N/A

Website: www.voces8.com/

Emily Dickens, soprano, is a full-time member of the internationally acclaimed British vocal ensemble VOCES8. Established as one of the most versatile singing groups, Emily is a crucial element, performing music from Renaissance England to contemporary commissions and American pop all over the world.

Emily was born in Winchester, and educated at Peter Symonds College on the Hampshire Specialist Music Course, and as a chorister at Winchester Cathedral. She read music at Trinity College, Cambridge, where she held a choral scholarship, graduating in 2009 with one of the highest marks awarded for independent research that year. Emily began her professional career in the same summer as her final exams, performing at the Beijing National Centre for Performing Arts with VOCES8. The last seven years have taken her to many of the world's leading concert halls including The Royal Albert Hall, Tokyo Opera City, Tel Aviv Opera House, Mariinsky Theatre, Wiener Konzerthaus, National Concert Hall Taipei and the Cité de la Musique, Paris. Last year Emily made her debut at The Wigmore Hall, singing Monteverdi's Il Sesto Libro de Madrigali with VOCES8, and her professional operatic debut performing first witch in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas for the Utrecht Early Music Festival, broadcast live on TV and Radio.

Emily is heard regularly on international TV and radio including MPR, the BBC and Classic FM; a highlight of 2016 was a performance of J.S. Bach's Motets live on BBC Radio 3 for the Cambridge Early Music Festival. With VOCES8 she records as a Decca Classics Artist and has had two recent albums reach the top of the classical charts. Their latest CD Winter was released in October

Emily is an experienced coach and workshop leader, and is known for her interesting choral arrangements and versatility. She has enjoyed directing workshops for the Croydon Philharmonic Choir, Derbyshire Music Service, Occam Singers, Eton Choral Courses, Southwell Minster Girls' Choir, City of London Festival, St Andrews University, Aldeburgh Music and The London Youth Choir as well as leading many of the UK and international VOCES8 education projects.

Recent solo engagements include Handel's Dixit Dominus with The Gabrieli Consort, Haydn's Nelson Mass in Houston, Texas, Belinda (Dido and Aeneas) at the St Magnus International Festival, Orkney and Mozart Requiem for the Milton Abbey International Music Festival.

Emily studies singing with Gary Coward and is the grateful recipient of a Career Development Award from Help Musicians UK.