Time & Date:
3.00pm, Saturday 27 May 2023
Tithe Barn, Priory Gardens, Dunster, TA24 6RY
Emma Brain-Gabbott (soprano) and Rachel Wick (harp)
£15 (to include a cream tea)
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Approximately 1 hour
Join Emma and Rachel in the comfort of Dunster’s historic Tithe Barn for an afternoon of beautiful music for voice and harp. With established classics and old favourites alongside lighter numbers, there’s sure to be something for everybody!
Emma Brain-Gabbott (Soprano)
Emma was born and educated in Cheltenham, before going on to read music at Trinity College, Cambridge, where she was also a choral scholar.
As a performer, she now works across a wide range of musical genres, from pop, West End shows, TV and film soundtrack projects through to opera. She also enjoys smaller-scale vocal ensemble work, performing, touring and recording regularly with such groups as the Sixteen, the BBC Singers, Tenebrae and English Concert, amongst others. She also sings with acclaimed female close harmony a capella group, Papagena. As a soloist Emma works with many choral societies and choirs both in the UK and abroad. 2018 saw the final production in a 3 year run of semi-staged Pursell operas at the Barbican, in which ‘Dido and Aeneas’ was reset and performed with puppets and masks.
Recent years have seen Emma expand her education and community work, including BBC Ten Pieces projects and working with music projects for the homeless, which culminated in a televised production with Streetwise Opera.
Future engagements include concert tours of Singapore, Australia and New York with The Sixteen, Poland with the Academy of Ancient Music, and Moscow with the Gabrieli Consort, as well as recording Handel’s Brockes-Passion and peformances of Mozart’s Requiem and Handel Dixit Dominus.
Rachel Wick (harp)
Rachel is a graduate of St. Peter’s College, Oxford and the Royal Academy of Music. She plays with many of the UKs leading orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. She also plays a nineteenth-century Erard harp, most recently with the Gabrieli Consort and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Rachel has performed live on stage with the English rock band Procol Harum and for Quincy Jones’ 85th birthday concert at the O2 Arena.
Rachel is also an active chamber musician, appearing at festivals and music clubs across the UK. She has recorded with New College and Christ Church Cathedral Choirs, Oxford and has broadcast live on Classic FM from Buckingham Palace with Her Majesty’s Choir of the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace. Other film and session work includes playing on Howard Goodall’s album Inspired, appearing on screen in Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation, being filmed for Google’s ‘Inside Abbey Road’ virtual online tour, and playing in the session orchestra for ITV’s Sound of Music ‘Live’.
Alongside a large private teaching practice, Rachel teaches harp at Berkhamsted School and the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music, and coaches for the National Children’s Orchestra.
In May 2018 she was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. She is the co-director of the Dunster Festival.