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In demand flautist; highly experienced soloist, orchestral and chamber musician. Has won many prizes, and is also a sought-after teacher.
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Emma Halnan (flute) first came to prominence as the woodwind category winner of BBC Young Musician 2010. In the grand final, she broadcast Reinecke's flute concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales live on BBC television and radio. Since then, she has gone on to perform at major venues worldwide; UK venues include Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and St John’s Smith Square. She has performed live on BBC Radio 3’s “In Tune” on multiple occasions, as well as being broadcast on BBC Radio 2’s "Friday Night is Music Night" as soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra. Emma has also appeared as concerto soloist with orchestras such as the European Union Chamber Orchestra and the Welsh Sinfonia. Her 2018 diary included two performances of Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto with the London Mozart Players and royal harpist Anne Denholm. Emma won the Sussex Prize for Woodwind in the Royal Overseas League Competition 2019, and was selected as a “Making Music” Philip & Dorothy Green Young Artist 2018-20. Emma also won the Sir Karl Jenkins/Arts Club Classical Music Award 2016, in association with Classic FM. As a result, she recorded and broadcast on Classic FM a piece specially composed for her by Sir Karl Jenkins. Emma was principal flute of the European Union Youth Orchestra 2014-16. She has also freelanced with orchestras including the London Mozart Players, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and English National Opera. Emma also plays historical flutes, freelancing with ensembles such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Music For Awhile. She has toured twice with the European Union Baroque Orchestra. In recital, Emma has performed at venues including St. David’s Hall (Cardiff), Gower Festival, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Hertfordshire Festival of Music, Bath International Music Festival and the “La Côte” International Flute Festival 2016 (Switzerland). Emma works regularly with harpist Heather Wrighton and violist Jordan Sian (the Aurora Trio); they have appeared at venues including Wigmore Hall, St. James's Piccadilly and Norfolk & Norwich Festival. They held a prestigious Chamber Music Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music for 2014-16, and also worked together as Live Music Now artists. Emma is also a highly reputed and very dedicated teacher. She teaches privately, at the University of Cambridge, and at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Her pupils have gained places in the National Children’s Orchestra, National Children’s Wind Orchestra and at various conservatoires (both junior and senior departments). Emma studied at the Royal Academy of Music with William Bennett and Kate Hill, and previously with Anna Pope at the Purcell School of Music, where she won the 2010 Fenton Leavers’ Award. She later studied privately with Robert Winn. Emma has been generously supported by the Hattori Foundation and the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund. She also won the 2014 Kenneth Loveland Gift, and is a City Music Foundation Artist. Emma holds both British and Irish passports.

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Emma's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Bea G
7 years ago
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5 out of 5

We booked Emma to perform in our Peterborough Sings! concert and were delighted by her playing. The whole orchestra sounded fantastic, and we wouldn't hesitate to book Emma again.

Will P
8 years ago
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5 out of 5

Simply outstanding. Highly recommended.

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Light R
6 years ago

Halnan played truly beautifully

Arthur S
8 years ago

Emma could have been Pan himself, as this was playing of the highest quality, and I was not surprised to learn that she had been a finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year a few years back.

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Emma's Song list

Repertoire includes:
Arnold, Malcolm: Sonata for flute and piano, op.121 (15mins)
Arnold, Malcolm: Sonatine for flute and piano (9mins)
Arrieu: Sonatine for flute and piano (c.7mins)
Bach, CPE: Sonata in E minor (c.6mins)
Bach, CPE: Sonata in D major (c.6mins)
Bach, CPE: Hamburger Sonata (c.10mins)
Bach, J.S.:Arioso, BWV 1056 (c.3mins)
Bach, J.S.: Sonata in G minor BWV 1020 (c.9mins)
Bach, J.S.: Sonata in B minor BWV 1030 (c.13mins30)
Bach, J.S.: Sonata in Eb major BWV 1031 (c.9mins)
Bach, J.S.:Sonata in A major BWV 1032 (c.10mins)
Bach, J.S.: Sonata in C major, BWV 1033 (c.10mins)
Bach, J.S.: Sonata in E minor BWV 1034 (c.12mins30)
Bach, J.S.: Sonata in E major BWV 1035 (c.12mins)
Barber: Canzone (4mins15)
Blavet: Sonata “La Vibray” (c.12mins)
Boehm: Grand Polonaise (9-10mins)
Borne: Carmen Fantasy (c.9mins)
Boulanger, Lili: Nocturne (c.3mins)
Bozza: Aria (c.4mins)
Brotons, Salavdor: Sonata for flute and piano op.21 (13mins)
Burton: Sonatina for flute and piano (9mins)
Chaminade: Concertino (c.10mins)Chopin: Variations on a theme by Rossini (c.7mins30)
Clarke, Ian: Hypnosis (c.6mins)
Clarke, Ian: Spiral Lament (c.6mins)
Clarke, Ian: Sunstreams (c.3mins)
Copland: Duo for flute and piano (c.14mins)
Damase: Sonate en concert (c.13mins)
Donizetti: Sonata for flute and piano (6mins)
Dutilleux: Sonatine (c.9mins30)
Doppler: Airs Valaques (c.12mins)
Doppler: Fantasize Pastorale Hongroise (c.10mins)
Enesco: Cantabile et Presto (c.5mins40)
Fauré: Fantaisie (c.5mins)
Fauré: Morceau de Concours (c.3mins)
Fauré: Sicilienne (c.3mins30)
Franck: Sonata in A major (arr. flute and piano) (c.28mins)
Frederick the Great: Sonata in A major (c.6mins)
Ganne: Andante et Scherzo (c.7mins)
Gaubert: Fantaisie (6mins30)Gaubert: Madrigal (c.4mins)Gaubert: Nocturne et Allegro Scherzando (c.5mins30)
Gluck: Dance of the Blessed Spirits (c.4mins)
Godard: Suite de Trois Morceaux (c.11mins)
Grovlez: Romance et Scherzo (c.6mins)Handel: Fitzwilliam Sonatas (c.4mins each)
Handel: Flute Sonatas - various
Harty: In Ireland (6mins15)
Hindemith: Sonata for flute and piano (c.14mins)
Hoover: Mountain and Mesa (c.13mins)
Hüe: Fantaisie (c.7mins)
Jenkins, Karl: Ryers Down, written for Emma Halnan in 2016 (6mins)
Jolivet: Chant de Linos (c.12mins)
Kennan: Night Soliloquy (c.4mins)
Liebermann: Sonata (c.13mins)
Mácha, Otmar: Variace pro flétnu a klavír (c.9mins)Marais: Les Folies d'Espagne – (length varies according to variations – best = c.4mins)
Martin: Ballade (c.8mins)Martinu: Sonata (c.18mins)Massenet: Méditation from Thaïs (c.5mins)
Mendelssohn, Fanny: 6 Lieder, op.1, arr. flute and pianoMessiaen: Le Merle Noir (c.5mins40)
Mouquet: La flute de Pan (c.15mins)
Mower: Doodle & Flight (c.10mins)
Mozart: Andante in C major (6mins30)
Muczynski: Sonata for flute and piano (c.13mins)
Muczynski: Moments for flute and piano (12mins)Nielsen: The fog is lifting (c.2mins30)
Paradis: Sicilienne (c.2mins)Poulenc: Sonata (c.11mins)
Prokofiev: Sonata (c.25mins)
Quantz: Sonata in B minor (c.10mins)
Quantz: Sonata in G major, no.273
Rachmaninov: Vocalise (c.5mins30)Reinecke: Ballade (c.10mins)Reinecke: Undine Sonata (c.20mins)
Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumblebee (2mins)
Rodney Bennett, Richard: Summer Music (c.10mins)Roussel: Joueurs de flûte (10mins)Saint-Saëns: Romance op.37 (c.6mins)
Sancan: Sonatine (9-10mins)
Schubert: Variations on "Trockne Blumen”, D.802 (c.20mins)
Schulhoff: Sonata for flute and piano (c.13mins)
Schumann, Clara: Romances op.22, arr. flute and piano (c.10mins)
Schumann: Drei Romanzen op.94 (9mins40)
Andy Scott: And Everything is Still... (3mins30)Taffanel: Andante Pastoral et Scherzettino (c5mins30)
Taffanel: Fantaisie on “Der Freischutz” (c.11mins)
Taktakishvili: Sonata for flute and piano (c.15mins)Tchaikovsky: Lensky's Aria (5mins)
Tomlinson, Ernest: Various short pieces for flute and piano (2 volumes)
Vaughan Williams: Suite de Ballet (c.6mins)
Vinci: Sonata in D major (c.10mins)
Widor: Suite op.34 (c.15mins30)York Bowen: Sonata (c.17mins)
Flute solo repertoire includes:
C.P.E. Bach: Sonata in A minor for flute solo (c.13mins)
J.S. Bach: Partita in A minor BWV 1013 (c.7-8mins, 14-15mins with repeats)
Berio, Luciano: Sequenza no.1 (7mins)
Debussy: Syrinx (c.4mins)
Honegger: Danse de la chevre (3mins45)
Hoover, Katherine: Kokopeli (5mins)
Hoover, Katherine: Spirit Flight (5mins)
Hoover, Katherine: Winter Spirits (5mins)
Maxwell Davies, Peter: The kestrel paced around the sun (c.8mins)
Maxwell Davies, Peter: Solita (c.6mins)
Offermans, Will: Honami (6mins30)
Roxburgh: Stardrift
Telemann: 12 Fantasias (various lengths, average c.4mins each)
Concerto repertoire includes:
Arnold: Flute Concertos 1 & 2
Bach, C.P.E.: Flute Concerto in D minor H.426
Chaminade: Concertino
Mower: Concerto for flute and wind orchestra
Mozart: Flute Concerto No. 1 in G
Mozart: Flute Concerto No.2 in D
Mozart: Flute and Harp Concerto
Mozart: Andante in C major K.315
Reinecke: Flute Concerto in D major op. 283
Rutter: Suite Antique
Ibert: Flute Concerto
Longstaff, Edward: Concerto for Flute and Marimba (premiered in 2011)
Nielsen: Flute Concerto
Poulenc: Sonata for Flute and Piano (arr. flute and orchestra)
Quantz: Concerto in G major
Vivaldi: 6 Flute Concerti
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