The Worshipful Company Of Musicians present gold performance medals to young jazz musicians of exceptional ability. Tonight’s concert features the remarkable award winning jazz vocalist Emma Smith with her trio of fellow award winners, Will Barry - piano, Adam King - double bass & Steve Brown - drums.
Emma decided to follow in her father’s footsteps and join the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, where at only 15 she was made its female vocalist and vocal coach. She was awarded a scholarship to study at the Purcell School as its first-ever jazz vocalist, gaining invaluable experience performing everything from choral chamber music in the Royal Festival Hall to contemporary jazz in the Wigmore Hall. She continued her studies at the RAM, where she graduated with a first class honours degree. Whilst at the RAM, Emma released her self-penned jazz album, 'The Huntress', which went to No.1 in the iTunes jazz charts.
Emma has shared the stage with Georgie Fame, Michael Bublé, Robbie Williams, Goldie and the late Sir John Dankworth. She won the Rising Star award at the London Music Awards 2015; was nominated for a BBC Jazz Award and won the Musicians' Company jazz medal.
“An astonishingly mature performer with exceptional agility” — The Times
Click on the image below to see Emma with the NYJO Big Band at the Proms.