An internationally established singer and choir director, Emily Dickens read music at Trinity College, Cambridge, where she held a choral scholarship. A full-time member of the critically- acclaimed British vocal ensemble VOCES8 for eight years, Emily has performed opera, a cappella, pop and contemporary commissions all over the world. She has performed in many of the world’s leading concert halls including The Wigmore Hall, The NCPA Beijing, The Royal Albert Hall, Tokyo Opera City, Tel Aviv Opera House, Mariinsky Theatre, Melbourne Recital Centre and Wiener Konzerthaus. Regularly heard on international TV and radio, Emily is a Decca Classics Recording Artist and has had four records top the classical charts. She performs regularly with The Gabrieli Consort, BBC Singers, Monteverdi Choir, Tenebrae, La Nuova Musica, The OAE and features regularly on film and video game soundtracks. Recent solo highlights include recording a new film with the London Symphony Orchestra.
In demand as a choir director and vocal coach across, Emily was previously Choral Conducting Fellow at St Martin-in-the-Fields where she conducted St Martin’s Chorus, Voices, Choral Scholars and Orchestra, and twice conducted the choir for BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship. She is Associate Choral Director at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, a conductor of The National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Chorus Master for Gabrieli Roar and a Chorus Director for the London Community Gospel Choir’s Holland Baroque projects. Emily regularly directs and coaches the London Symphony Orchestra Community Choirs and was Conductor of the Junior Choir.
A renowned workshop leader Emily has presented at the Royal Academy of Music, The UK Choir Festival and Exeter University and regularly directs workshops for the BBC Singers, The Voices Foundation, The Bach Choir, London Youth Choir and the Philharmonia. She has twice adjudicated Young Musician of the Gulf in Bahrain and directs choral courses in China and Germany. In 2018 she studied on the first National Opera Studio/Royal Opera House Women Conducting Opera Course.
State-educated throughout her education, Emily is a passionate advocate for the importance of musical opportunities for all young people. Her recent workshops and outreach projects include the Nottinghamshire Music Hub, a parent-student choir at an inner-London primary school, Compass School Southwark and many ‘Introduction to Singing’ days for Year 7. In March 2019 Emily was a conductor for LSO’s highly anticipated In The Public Domain, sung by five-hundred members of the community and directed by Simon Halsey at the Barbican Centre.