Originally from the Isle of Wight, Emily Renshaw graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University as a Bachelor of Music in 2000 and gained an overall distinction as a Master of Music in 2003. She currently combines caring for her two children with working as Director of Music at Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys, in Canterbury. Alongside her career as a teacher and professional singer, Emily also conducts a wide range of choral and orchestral ensembles. Currently holding the post, Director of Canterbury Cantata, Emily has directed large-scale works such as Kodaly Missa Brevis, Rutter Requiem, piano concerti by Mozart and Haydn and recently produced and conducted a production of The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan. Emily also leads various community singing groups, focusing on music as a form of improving both physical and mental health, whilst caring for each other. In 2016, Emily staged and directed a 3-day festival highlighting the benefits of music on health and wellbeing. She was honoured to host such influential musicians as Trevor Pinnock CBE, Judith Weir CBE (Master of the Queen’s Music), Mark Padmore, the Sacconi String Quartet and James Rhodes.
She studied singing with Ernest Holbrook, Sheila Amit-Luxon and renowned baritone Benjamin Luxon. She continues to work closely with Professor Grenville Hancox MBE on a range of concerts and projects.
Emily regularly performs as a soloist for choral societies across the South East and has been involved in a series of salon concerts and the production of a CD, in the beautiful surroundings of Goodnestone Park, with the late Derek Hyde. She has sung solo roles in many of the major oratorios, including Jenkin’s Armed Man and Mozart’s Requiem in Canterbury Cathedral and Verdi’s Requiem in Brentwood Cathedral. Emily has performed as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah, directed by Sir David Willcocks CBE and Sir John Tavener’s Annunciation, in the presence of the composer. She makes regular appearances as a recitalist alongside her accompanist Jamie Rogers and has enjoyed working with other accompanists, including Simon Lepper.
Emily has given premiere performances of Paul Max Edlin’s Song of the Gypsy Siguiriya along with many of Christ Church’s budding composer’s works and has performed other modern works including Ernst Krenek’s Sestina and George Crumb’s Ancient Voices of Children. Emily has enjoyed working with wonderful instrumentalists to perform such chamber works as Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock and Six Songs by Spohr. She was highly commended in the Hampshire Singing Competition, by Dame Janet Baker who commented, “the role of Cherubino fit her like a glove”.
Emily holds Grade 8 (distinction) in voice, piano and cello.
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