Dame Emma Kirkby
with lutenist Jakob Lindberg
PINKHAM WAY BENEFIT CONCERT
Sunday 20th November 2011, at 4pm
St Andrew's Church
Alexandra Park Road
London N10 2DD
All money raised will go to the Pinkham Way Alliance campaign.
Tickets: £15 adults and children aged 16+, and £10 under 16s.
Refreshments will be available after the concert.
"Muswell Hill resident, Dame Emma Kirkby is an English soprano singer and one of the world's most renowned early music specialists.
She is performing a special one-off fund-raising concert for the Pinkham Way Alliance, and will be accompanied by the accomplished Swedish lutenist Jakob Lindberg.
Originally, Emma had no expectations of becoming a professional singer. As a classics student at Oxford and schoolteacher she sang for pleasure in choirs and small groups, the fact that her voice was not a particularly large one meant that her potential as a soloist was not recognised immediately. Despite that, she became a founding member of the Taverner Choir, and in 1973 began her long association with the Consort of Musicke.
In 1999 Emma Kirkby was voted Artist of the Year by Classic FM Radio listeners and in November 2000 she received an OBE. In April 2007 BBC Music Magazine published a survey of critics to nominate “The 20 greatest sopranos”, placing Emma Kirkby at number 10.
On 21 January 2011 it was announced that Dame Emma had been awarded the Queen's Medal for Music, an award given to an individual who has had a major influence on the musical life of the nation.
Emma Kirkby has made well over a hundred recordings, yet despite all her recording activity she prefers performing live. We are delighted that she has generously agreed to perform this benefit concert for the Pinkham Way Alliance."