Award winning Soprano from Hereford and Worcester studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Emily Rooke is a 21 year old classically trained Soprano in her fourth year under the tutelage of Lorna Anderson studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she was awarded an entrance scholarship. She began to study singing at Queen Elizabeth Humanities College, Bromyard where she was the recipient of The Head Teacher’s Music Scholarship to Support Outstanding Musical Talent. At Hereford Sixth Form College she was awarded a Choral and Instrumental Scholarship for Violin, performing in national and international venues such as Truro and Antwerp Cathedrals, being broadcast on the BBC and recording a CD at Gloucester Cathedral. She is a student scholar with the BBC National Chorus of Wales with whom she has worked under the baton of John Butt, Thomas Søndergård and Xian Zhang. She has also worked under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle for the BBC Youth Proms and Carlo Rizzi with the Royal Welsh College Symphony Chorus. Highlights of her career so far include performing at the Royal Albert Hall, London for the BBC Proms, at St. John’s, Smith Square, London with Selwyn College, Cambridge, touring Belgium with Hereford Sixth Form College’s Scholar’s Choir, Academia Musica and performing as a guest soloist with the Caldicot Male Voice Choir and Hereford Police Choir. Oratorio work includes the Soprano Soloist for Handel’s Messiah and an Angel in Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Operatic repertoire includes music from: Così Fan Tutte (Despina), Don Giovanni (Zerlina), Giulio Cesare (Cleopatra), Semele (Semele) and Werther (Sophie). Musical theatre roles include: Blousey Brown in Bugsy Malone, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Mme Thenadier in Les Miserables and Jan in Grease. Recently she has particularly enjoyed touring around schools in South Wales playing the character of Roy in Roald Dahl’s Dirty Beasts by means of opera and workshops. The production was so popular it was taken to the Welsh Millennium Centre. Emily enjoys performing a wide range of repertoire such as: Opera, Oratorio, German lieder, French melodie, English song as well as Musical Theatre. Emily is supported by the Bromyard Grammar School Foundation and is the proud recipient of The Hereford Police Choir Young Musician's Bursary for 2017.
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