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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.


emma takes on new posts at guildhall school of music and drama

Emma was thrilled to be invited to teach at the Junior department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in September 2015. She has taken up posts of Violin/Viola teacher and Chamber Music Coach.


emma tours with catrin finch and pavao quartet 2015

Emma was invited to perform with ex-royal Harpist Catrin Finch and the Pavao Quartet in 2 UK tours in May and October 2015. They were playing the music from Catrin's latest album, Tides, which was produced as a project for Water Aid. Emma was particularly excited to be performing at the Hay Festival 2015, and to be doing a live broadcast from there for BBC Radio 3's In Tune with Sean Rafferty.


Concierto Mestizo world premiere THIS FRIDAY!!!

Friday 10th July 2015

Emma and Mestizo Duo partner, Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas are getting really excited about performing the world premiere of 2014 Grammy nominee Eduardo Martín's Concierto Mestizo for Violin, Guitar and Orchestra THIS FRIDAY 10th JULY. The Concierto Mestizo has been commissioned by Spencer Down and the Docklands Sinfonia (which Emma has been leading since January 2013) and they will perform it with them THIS FRIDAY at St Anne's, Limehouse.

This thrilling and exotic Cuba-themed concert will also include George Gershwin’s Cuban Overture and Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique. Get your tickets now for CUBA FANTASTIQUE!

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

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

Conductor: Spencer Down

Soloists: Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas (Guitar) and Emma Blanco (Violin)

  • Cuban Overture - George Gershwin
  • Concierto Mestizo - Eduardo Martín(World Premiere)
  • Symphonie Fantastique - Hector Berlioz



Rehearsals for Cuba Fantastique!

Rehearsals for Emma and Ahmed's world premiere performance of the Concierto Mestizo by Eduardo Martín are going well! Tickets still available from

THIS FRIDAY 10TH JULY 7.30pm St Anne's Church, Limehouse.....