The English Music Festival: News

On this page can be read news of forthcoming events hosted by the EMF and projects which the Festival is instituting, as well as items relating to its recording arm, EM Records, and to EM Publishing.

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2017 Yorkshire Festival Video

Em would like to thank all those who made the EMF’s Yorkshire Autumn Festival such a success — artists, helpers, and audience members alike. It was a wonderful experience, with some fabulous music-making and plenty of the usual EMF conviviality. Six concerts were held in the beautiful church of St Andrew’s at Aysgarth for a variety of genre, from English solo song, through solo piano and violin recitals, to piano trio concerts.

You can view below a short film of performances from our concert for cello and piano, featuring Joseph Spooner and Rebeca Omordia. It is about 8 minutes long.

Download the video (ca. 63Mb).

Launch of new CD Now Comes Beauty in September 2016

We are pleased to be able to invite music-lovers to the official launch of our latest CD, EMRCD037-8: Now Comes Beauty. The disc, comprising works commissioned by or which have received their premières at the English Music Festival, features David Matthews’s White Nights, John Pickard’s Burning of the Leaves with baritone Roderick Williams, Richard Blackford’s Spirited overture, Paul Carr’s Now Comes Beauty and Suddenly It’s Evening, Christopher Wright’s Legend, Paul Lewis’s Norfolk Suite, Matthew Curtis’s A Festival Overture and David Owen Norris’s Piano Concerto, with the BBC Concert Orchestra under Gavin Sutherland and Owain Arwel Hughes, and pianist David Owen Norris and violinist Rupert Marshall-Luck.

The launch will take place at the Recital Room at Schott’s, 48 Marlborough Street, London W1F 7BB, at 7.15p.m. on Friday 2nd September. There will be a Panel Discussion with artists and composers, and refreshments will of course be provided. Tickets cost £15 and may be ordered online or by post: please visit for booking information.

Too Many Records (IRR January 2015)

EMF Founder-Director Em Marshall-Luck featured in the pages of the January issue of International Record Review for which she was asked to contribute a Too Many Records column, charting her life in classical music through the cassette tapes, CDs and records which have influenced and inspired her.


The English Music Festival is unique. It is the only event dedicated exclusively to the music of British composers, and to the goal of bringing that vast corpus of amazing works back into the mainstream of the nation’s culture.

Despite the fact that the EMF is continuing to develop and expand, we are still a small organisation, and desperately require your continued support and help! If you can join our Friends’ Scheme, you will not only be able to enjoy a range of benefits, but you would also have the satisfaction of knowing that you are playing a major part in the success of the Festival.

If you would like to become more actively involved during the Festival itself, we would gladly welcome your input as a steward or helper. In the meantime, we also urgently need your help in distributing leaflets, to spread the word further about the EMF — whether just by passing them on to friends, or displaying them in your local library, post office, tourist information centre or hostelry. Please do let me know if you can support our important cause.

Continue your support

If you enjoy the work of the EMF and would like to ensure that future generations also have the opportunity to experience the full gamut of this country’s musical heritage, please consider supporting the Festival by making a legacy to us in your Will. Legacy forms are available from the usual EMF address or online at