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Meet WNO

Emma Menzies

Tutti First Violin

Emma started studying the piano at the age of four and then took up the violin at the age of nine after being offered free lessons at school. She was lucky enough to grow up in Hertfordshire where the music service offered excellent orchestral training up to the age of 18.

Emma then continued her studies at Manchester University, where she was taught violin by Peter Cropper, leader of the acclaimed Lindsay String Quartet. She then studied with noted violin pedagogue Simon Fischer and gained a Masters in Performance from the RSAMD. Finally Emma went to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and was taught by Krysia Osotovicz, who was once a pupil of Menuhin and is currently the leader of the Dante String Quartet.

Prior to WNO , Emma performed with many British Orchestras as a freelancer, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Prchestra, RTE. RSNO and Northern Ballet. Emma has also worked with several pop groups, most notably touring the world with Scottish pop group Belle and Sebastian and recording with Texas.

Emma’s personal highlight at WNO so far has been performing Der Meistersinger at the BBC Prom at the Royal Albert Hall.

Other musical engagements include performing with her twin sister the soprano Ruth Kerr, as a solo violinist and accompanist.