About Emma

Emma Bishton MSc, DipMT, BA(Hons)

Whilst a classically trained singer, I enjoy singing a wide range of repertoire and I seek to use my musical skills and experience to promote singing and its benefits for people of all ages. Based on the Suffolk/Essex border, I am happy to travel across East Anglia on a regular basis, or more widely for the right occasion  – I have sung Doe a Deer in Nayland, Danny Boy in Ireland, and Dallapiccola in Paris!  I trained as a music therapist, and worked for 10 years with people with learning disabilities.  I then moved into the field of public health - and public mental health in particular; throughout this time, I continued to work as a semi-professional singer. I now work predominantly in music but still find time for some independent evaluation work in healthcare.

As a singer, I perform regularly both as a soloist and in small groups. Recent solo performances include a lunchtime recital of works by de Falla, Fauré and Boulanger in Lion Walk Church Colchester; Mozart concert arias, and Handel German Arias with Lavenham Sinfonia, and numerous concerts with the Suffolk Villages Festival. As an ensemble singer I perform regularly with the 5-part group the Marenzio Singers who specialise in early music and madrigals - often in beautiful gardens! For 25 years I have been part of the specialist contemporary choir the New London Chamber Choir; our most recent performance was in Stockhausen's opera Donnerstag at the Festival Hall. 

A couple of years ago, as part of a research MSc, I completed a dissertation in how to use singing to help people with speech disorders, as well as undertaking further training as a vocal leader. Consequently my work as a singing leader is influenced by all these perspectives: I understand how to use my skills to widen participation in music, and also understand the benefits of doing so. 

I firmly believe that everyone can enjoy making music – but not everyone has yet had the opportunity. My aim is to make that possible.