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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

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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!


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!!!


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.