Emma Murphy graduated from Birmingham University with a First Class (Hons) degree in Music, and was awarded the Roland Gregory Prize for the highest degree mark. She then won scholarships from Trinity College of Music and the Countess of Munster Music Trust to study for an MMus degree & Postgraduate Certificate, in which she gained a Distinction.
She studied recorder with Philip Thorby and singing with Linda Hirst. She later furthered her recorder studies with Ashley Solomon and singing with David Harper and Britta Sundberg.
Emma plays and has recorded with some of the UK’s leading period groups, including The King’s Consort, Gabrieli Consort & Players and Ex Cathedra. She plays and sings in many chamber groups, in particular with Da Camera and Philomel.
As well as early music, Emma has a keen interest in contemporary music, both as a solo performer and with other instruments, and has taken part in the acclaimed Park Lane Group New Year Series. She has performed with the marimba player, Daniella Ganeva, and the guitarist, Eleftheria Kotzia. Emma has appeared many times on the BBC both as a performer and occasional broadcaster for the Early Music Show. Emma has played with the CBSO under Emmanuelle Haim and Giovanni Antonini.
Emma has taught at ‘Dartington International Summer School’, and teaches on the ‘Irish Recorder & Viol Course’, at the ‘Ascot Early Music Week’ and on the renaissance week at the ‘Cambridge Early Music Summer School’.