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Thursday
May052016

the kamkars at the barbican june 19th (in aid of children of war)

Emma will be leading the Docklands Sinfonia in an exciting concert at the Barbican on June 19th. The orchestra will be joining soloists from exhilarating Iranian ensemble The Kamkars to perform the orchestral works of their director, Hooshang Kamkar, followed by a performance from the Kamkars Ensemble of their traditional music.


A large musical family, The Kamkars have been creating music together since they first began practising together in their childhood homes. Their performances fully explore the music of their homeland, taking in everything from traditional Persian music to Kurdish song. This concert is a chance to see two sides of the ensemble’s work – from Hooshang Kamkar’s orchestral compositions, fully realised by the Docklands Sinfonia, to their entrancing traditional music.

Above all, The Kamkars are defined by their astonishing musicality – instrumental lines weave and interlock, and each piece is intricately arranged. This virtuosity heightens the emotional impact of their performances, from moving traditional melodies to jubilant folk song.

Book tickets here:

http://www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?id=19596&pg=9759

Tuesday
May032016

east end film festival and docklands sinfonia july 1st 2016 - the battle of the somme

On the 100th year anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme Docklands Sinfonia, with Emma leading, will be performing a special concert commemorating the centenary of both The Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Jutland. During the concert, the iconic 1916 film ’The Battle of the Somme’ will be screened as part of the Imperial War Museum’s Somme100 film project whilst the orchestra performs Laura Rossi’s acclaimed new score live.

The film is the jewel in the crown of the Imperial War Museum’s collection. It is a compelling documentary record of one of the key battles of the First World War and the first feature-length documentary film record of combat. In 1916, it was seen by over half the UK adult population. Only ‘Star Wars’ has beaten it in box office records since.

Docklands Sinfonia will also be performing a new work commemorating The Battle of Jutland - considered to be the only major naval battle of World War One. We are fortunate to be joined by our patron - Admiral Alan William John West, Baron West of Spithead GCB, DSC, PC, former First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff – who will talk about the battle and introduce the work.

Venue: St Anne's, Limehouse, Three Colt Street, London E14 7HP

Tickets: £10 (Concessions) £12 (Advanced) £15 (On the door)

Conductor: Spencer Down

Leader: Emma Blanco

Get your tickets here:

https://www.docklandssinfonia.co.uk/box_office

Friday
Apr152016

Kew Music Academy

Emma was delighted to be invited to coach on the Kew Music Academy this Easter. She joined a team of coaches who took a group of 35 children aged 7 to 17 through a whistle-stop tour of all things Shakespeare! The course's schedule consists of rigorous daily warmups, full orchestra rehearsals, sectionals, and full choir to finish off each day. The children loved all the different genres of music and being in such a cosy environment with others who are passionate about music. The next course is July 25-29th 2016 and the theme is the Rio de Janeiro Olympics! Book places soon - the course will fill up fast!

 

https://www.kewmusicacademy.co.uk/home

Thursday
Mar102016

a night of motown for save the children march 3rd 2016

For a second year, Emma was invited to perform for a massive fundraiser for Save the Children at The Roundhouse, Camden. This year, it was A Night of Motown and violinists Ruth Elder (and arranger), Tina Jacobs-Lim, Jemima Clarke and Emma Blanco were ecstatic to be back, this time playing with legends such as Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Tito Jackson, Beverley Knight, Lemar and John Newman. All the musicians involved are phenomenal, and the girls are proud to be a part of the AllStars Collective. A spectacular night was had by all.

The girls with the one and only Mary Wilson!!!

Wednesday
Jan062016

Emma leads Docklands sinfonia in huge childrens' concerts at Queen mary university, mile end.

Thanks to several grants and donations from generous supporters, Docklands Sinfonia was able to invite 1,600 Key Stage 2 primary school pupils in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to two free concerts on 15th December 2015 at The Great Hall at Queen Mary University, Mile End. Emma led the Docklands Sinfonia in this collaboration with James Mayhew, illustrator and author extraordinaire. With a programme of extracts from A Midsummer Night's Dream by Mendelssohn, the children were absolutely enthralled by the music from the orchestra and the painting and storytelling from James. As he painted, the canvases were projected onto a huge screen behind the orchestra for all the chilren to see, bringing his narrations to life.

There are hopes for more concerts in 2016, bringing classical music and the joy of the arts to children who would never otherwise get the opportunity to be involved.