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Kirkby, Emma (soprano)
© Hanya Chlala

Emma Kirkby (soprano)

Originally, Emma Kirkby had no expectations of becoming a professional singer. As a classics student at Oxford and then a schoolteacher she sang for pleasure in choirs and small groups, always feeling at home most in Renaissance and Baroque repertoire. She joined the Taverner Choir in 1971 and in 1973 began her long association with the Consort of Musicke. Emma took part in the early Decca Florilegium recordings with both the Consort of Musicke and the Academy of Ancient Music, at a time when most college-trained sopranos were not seeking a sound appropriate for early music instruments. She therefore had to find her own approach, with enormous help from Jessica Cash in London, and from the directors, fellow singers and instrumentalists with whom she has worked over the years.

Emma feels privileged to have been able to build long term relationships with chamber groups and orchestras, in particular London Baroque, the Freiburger Barockorchester, L’Orfeo (of Linz) and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment , and now with some of the younger groups – the Palladian Ensemble and Florilegium.

To date, she has made well over a hundred recordings of all kinds, from sequences of Hildegarde of Bingen to madrigals of the Italian and English Renaissance, cantatas and oratorios of the Baroque, works of Mozart, Haydn and J. C. Bach. In 1999 Emma was voted Artist of the Year by Classic FM Radio listeners, and in November 2000 she received the Order of the British Empire.

Despite all the recording activity, Emma still prefers live concerts, especially the pleasure of repeating programmes with colleagues; every occasion, every venue and every audience will combine to create something new from this wonderful repertoire.

The Consort of Musicke,

email consort@easynet.co.uk

Albums

Arne: Dr Arne at Vauxhall Gardens
CDA66237Archive Service
Bach: Wedding Cantata & Hunt Cantata
CDD220412CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Benda: Cephalus and Aurora
CDA66649Archive ServiceDownload currently discounted
Gothic Voices Gramophone Award Winners Collection
CDS44251/33CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Handel: Chandos Anthems Nos 7, 9 & 11a
CDA67737
Handel: Essential Handel
KING6Super-budget price sampler — Download only
Handel: Joshua
CDA66461/22CDs
Handel: Judas Maccabaeus
CDA66641/22CDs
Handel: Opera Arias
CDS44271/33CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Handel: Opera Arias and Overtures, Vol. 1
CDA66860Archive Service; also available on CDS44271/3
Handel: Opera Arias and Overtures, Vol. 2
CDA67128Archive Service; also available on CDS44271/3Download currently discounted
Handel: The Rival Queens
CDA66950Archive Service; also available on CDS44271/3
Handel: The Triumph of Time and Truth
CDD220502CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Hildegard of Bingen: A feather on the breath of God
CDA66039
India & Monteverdi: Olympia's Lament
CDA66106Archive Service
Lawes: Sitting by the streams
CDA66135Archive Service
Machaut: The Mirror of Narcissus
CDA66087Archive Service
Madrigals and Wedding Songs for Diana
CDA66019Archive Service
Monteverdi & India: Olympia's Lament
CDA66106Archive Service
Monteverdi: Sacred vocal music
CDH55345Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
O tuneful voice
CDA66497Archive Service
Purcell: Songs and Dialogues
CDH55065Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
The Emma Kirkby Collection
This album is not yet available for downloadCDA66227
The Spirits of England & France, Vol. 2
CDH55282Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Time stands still
CDH55462Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Vivaldi: Cantatas, Concertos & Magnificat
CDH55190Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
Vivaldi: Opera Arias and Sinfonias
CDH55279Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Ward: Sweet Philomel & other madrigals
CDA66256Archive Service
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 1
This album is not yet available for downloadHYP12Super-budget price sampler — Deleted
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2
This album is not yet available for downloadHYP202CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Complete works available for download

ANONYMOUS - MEDIEVAL
Donna pos vos ay chausidawith Gothic Voices, Christopher Page (conductor), Christopher Page (lute)
ANONYMOUS - RENAISSANCE
Mignonne allonswith Anthony Rooley (lute)
THOMAS ARNE (1710-1778)
The lover's recantationwith The Parley of Instruments, Roy Goodman (conductor)
The Morningwith The Parley of Instruments, Roy Goodman (conductor)
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750)
Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!, BWV208with The Parley of Instruments, Roy Goodman (conductor)
Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten 'Wedding Cantata', BWV202with The Taverner Players, Andrew Parrott (conductor)
GEORG BENDA (1722-1795)
Belise starb, und sprach im Scheidenwith Timothy Roberts (fortepiano)
Cephalus und Aurorewith Timothy Roberts (fortepiano)
Das Andenkenwith Timothy Roberts (fortepiano)
Du fehlest mir, wie einsam und wie stillewith Timothy Roberts (fortepiano)
Mein Geliebter hat versprochenwith Timothy Roberts (fortepiano)
Mein Thyrsis! dürft ich dir doch sagenwith Timothy Roberts (fortepiano)
THOMAS CAMPION (1567-1620)
Come, cheerful daywith Anthony Rooley (lute)
Move now with measured soundwith The Consort of Musicke, Anthony Rooley (director)
Now hath Flora robbed her bowerswith The Consort of Musicke, Anthony Rooley (director)
Though you are young and I am oldwith Anthony Rooley (lute)
JOHN DANYEL (1564-1626)
He whose desires are still abroadwith Anthony Rooley (lute)
Time, cruel Timewith Anthony Rooley (lute)
JOHN DOWLAND (1563-1626)
Far from triumphing courtwith Anthony Rooley (lute)
Flow not so fast, ye fountainswith Anthony Rooley (lute)
His golden locks Time hath to silver turnedwith Anthony Rooley (lute)
It was a time when silly bees could speakwith Anthony Rooley (lute)
Time stands stillwith Anthony Rooley (lute)
MICHAEL EAST (1580-1648)
You meaner beauties of the nightwith The Consort of Musicke, Anthony Rooley (director)
THOMAS FORD (d1648)
Go, passions, to the cruel fairwith Anthony Rooley (lute)
THOMAS GILES (?-?)
Triumph now with joy and mirthwith The Consort of Musicke, Anthony Rooley (director)
GUIBERT KAUKESEL (fl c1230-1255)
Un chant novelwith Gothic Voices, Christopher Page (conductor), Nick Bicat (percussion)
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685-1759)
Joshuawith The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Judas Maccabaeuswith The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Let God arise 'Chandos Anthem No 11a', HWV256awith Trinity College Choir Cambridge, Academy of Ancient Music, Stephen Layton (conductor)
My song shall be alway 'Chandos Anthem No 7', HWV252with Trinity College Choir Cambridge, Academy of Ancient Music, Stephen Layton (conductor)
O praise the Lord with one consent 'Chandos Anthem No 9', HWV254with Trinity College Choir Cambridge, Academy of Ancient Music, Stephen Layton (conductor)
The Triumph of Time and Truth, HWV71with The London Handel Orchestra, Denys Darlow (conductor)
GEORGE HANDFORD (1582/5-1647)
Now each creaturewith Anthony Rooley (lute)
JOSEPH HAYDN (1732-1809)
O tuneful voice, Hob XXVIa:42with Timothy Roberts (fortepiano)
SAINT HILDEGARD OF BINGEN (1098-1179)
Columba aspexitwith Gothic Voices, Christopher Page (conductor)
O Jerusalemwith Gothic Voices, Christopher Page (conductor)
SIGISMONDO D'INDIA (c1582-c1629)
Amico hai vint'iowith Anthony Rooley (chitarrone)
Diana 'Questo dardo, quest' arco'with Anthony Rooley (chitarrone)
Lamento d'Olimpiawith Anthony Rooley (chitarrone)
Piangono al pianger miowith Anthony Rooley (chitarrone)
Sfere fermatewith Anthony Rooley (chitarrone)
Torna il sereno zefirowith Anthony Rooley (chitarrone)
WILLIAM JACKSON (1730-1803)
Time has not thinn'd my flowing hairwith Rufus Müller (tenor), Frances Kelly (harp)
NICHOLAS LANIER (1588-1666)
The Marigoldwith Anthony Rooley (lute)
HENRY LAWES (1596-1662)
A Dialoguewith Evelyn Tubb (soprano), Anthony Rooley (lute)
The Larkwith Anthony Rooley (lute)
The Mournful Loverswith Anthony Rooley (lute)
WILLIAM LAWES (1602-1645)
Gather your rosebuds while you maywith Anthony Rooley (lute)
THOMAS LINLEY (1733-1795)
The lark sings high in the cornfieldwith Timothy Roberts (harpsichord/spinet/virginals)
Think not, my love, when secret griefwith Frances Kelly (harp)
THOMAS LUPO (d1628)
Shows and nightly revelswith The Consort of Musicke, Anthony Rooley (director)
Time, that leads the fatal roundwith The Consort of Musicke, Anthony Rooley (director)
GUILLAUME DE MACHAUT (c1300-1377)
Dame, a vous sans retollir
Foy porter, honneur garder
CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI (1567-1643)
Confitebor tibi Domine 'Alla francese', SV267with The Parley of Instruments, Roy Goodman (conductor), Peter Holman (conductor)
Confitebor tibi Domine, SV194with Ian Partridge (tenor), The Parley of Instruments
Confitebor tibi Domine, SV266with Ian Partridge (tenor), David Thomas (bass), The Parley of Instruments
Deus tuorum militum, SV280with Ian Partridge (tenor), David Thomas (bass), The Parley of Instruments
Lamento d'Olimpiawith Anthony Rooley (chitarrone)
Maledetto sia l'aspettowith Anthony Rooley (chitarrone)
Nisi Dominus, SV200with Ian Partridge (tenor), David Thomas (bass), The Parley of Instruments
Ohime ch'io cadowith Anthony Rooley (chitarrone)
Quel sguardo sdegnosettowith Anthony Rooley (chitarrone)
Voglio di vita uscirwith Anthony Rooley (chitarrone)
GEORGE FREDERICK PINTO (1785-1806)
Eloisa to Abelardwith Timothy Roberts (fortepiano)
Invocation to Naturewith Timothy Roberts (fortepiano)
HENRY PURCELL (1659-1695)
Go, tell Amynta, gentle swain, Z489with David Thomas (bass), Anthony Rooley (lute)
Hence, fond deceiver 'Love and despair', Z492with David Thomas (bass), Anthony Rooley (lute)
In all our Cynthia's shining sphere, Z496with David Thomas (bass), Anthony Rooley (lute)
In some kind dream, Z497with David Thomas (bass), Anthony Rooley (lute)
Lost is my quiet for ever, Z502with David Thomas (bass), Anthony Rooley (lute)
Stript of their green our groves appear, Z444with Anthony Rooley (lute)
What can we poor females do?, Z518with David Thomas (bass), Anthony Rooley (lute)
Why, my Daphne, why complaining?, Z525with David Thomas (bass), Anthony Rooley (lute)
PHILIP ROSSETER (1567/8-1623)
What then is love but mourning?with Anthony Rooley (lute)
JOHANN PETER SALOMON (1745-1815)
Why still before these streaming eyeswith Timothy Roberts (fortepiano)
WILLIAM SHIELD (1748-1829)
Hope and lovewith Timothy Roberts (harpsichord/spinet/virginals)
'Tis only no harm to know it, you knowwith Timothy Roberts (fortepiano)
STEPHEN STORACE (1762-1796)
The curfewwith Frances Kelly (harp)
ANTONIO VIVALDI (1678-1741)
In turbato mare, RV627with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Jean Lamon (conductor)
Lungi dal vago volto, RV680with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Jean Lamon (conductor)
JOHN WARD (c1589-1638)
Come, sable nightwith The Consort of Musicke
Cruel unkindwith The Consort of Musicke
Die not, fond manwith The Consort of Musicke
Hope of my heartwith The Consort of Musicke
I have entreatedwith The Consort of Musicke
If heaven's just wrathwith The Consort of Musicke
If the deep sighswith The Consort of Musicke
Oft have I tender'dwith The Consort of Musicke
Out from the valewith The Consort of Musicke
Retire, my troubled soulwith The Consort of Musicke
Sweet Philomelwith The Consort of Musicke

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

A Dialogue (Lawes)
Admeto, Re di Tessaglia, HWV22 (Handel)
Agitata da due venti (Costanza)  
Ah! Ruggiero crudel, tu non mi amasti! (Alcina)  
Ah! spietato! e non ti muove (Melissa)  
Ah, crudel (Armida)  
Ah, sommi dei, cui la giustizia arruota  
Al lampo dell'armi (Cesare)  
Alcina, HWV34 (Handel)
Alessandro, HWV21 (Handel)
Allegrezza, mio core  
Almira, HWV1 (Handel)
Amadigi di Gaula, HWV11 (Handel)
Amico hai vint'io (India)
Amphitryon, or The Two Sosias, Z572 (Purcell)
An Ode upon dedicating a building to Shakespeare (Arne)
Arianna in Creta, HWV32 (Handel)
As Amoret and Thyrsis lay  
Augelletti, voi col canto  
Aure, fonti, ombre gradite (Rossane)  
Belise starb, und sprach im Scheiden (Benda)
Berenice, Regina d'Egitto, HWV38 (Handel)
Cara speme, questo core (Sesto)  
Cara sposa (Rinaldo)  
Caro padre, a me non dei  
Catone in Utica (Vivaldi)
Cephalus und Aurore (Benda)
Che tirannia d'amor! (Lisaura)  
Chi t'intende? o cieca instabile! (Berenice)  
Columba aspexit (Hildegard of Bingen)
Come, cheerful day (Campion)
Come, sable night (Ward)
Come, sad Turtle, mateless moaning  
Confitebor tibi Domine 'Alla francese', SV267 (Monteverdi)
Confitebor tibi Domine, SV194 (Monteverdi)
Confitebor tibi Domine, SV266 (Monteverdi)
Cor di padre, e cor d' amante (Asteria)  
Correte pur a fiumi, amare lacrime  
Cruel unkind (Ward)
Dame, a vous sans retollir (Machaut)
Das Andenken (Benda)
Deidamia, HWV42 (Handel)
Desterò dall' empia Dite (Melissa)  
Deus tuorum militum, SV280 (Monteverdi)
Diana 'Questo dardo, quest' arco' (India)
Dica il falso, dica il vero (Rossane)  
Die Lüfte deckte noch der dunkle Flor der Nacht  
Die not, fond man (Ward)
Dite pace, e fulminate (Elmira)  
Donna pos vos ay chausida (Anon)
Drey Sommer grünet mir bereits  
Du fehlest mir, wie einsam und wie stille (Benda)
Eloisa to Abelard (Pinto)
Ezio, HWV29 (Handel)
Fair Iris and her swain  
Fairest isle, all isles excelling  
Far from triumphing court (Dowland)
Father of heav'n! From thy eternal throne (Priest)  
Ferma, Teodosio (Atenaide)  
Flow not so fast, ye fountains (Dowland)
Fonti amiche, aure leggiere (Seleuce)  
For love ev'ry creature is formed by his nature  
Foy porter, honneur garder (Machaut)
Gather your rosebuds while you may (Lawes)
Gelosia, tu già rendi l'alma mia (Caio)  
Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV17 (Handel)
Go, passions, to the cruel fair (Ford)
Go, tell Amynta, gentle swain, Z489 (Purcell)
Griselda (Vivaldi)
He whose desires are still abroad (Danyel)
Hence, fond deceiver 'Love and despair', Z492 (Purcell)
His golden locks Time hath to silver turned (Dowland)
Hope and love (Shield)
Hope of my heart (Ward)
I have entreated (Ward)
I'd fain ask you a this, but in pops a that  
If heaven's just wrath (Ward)
If the deep sighs (Ward)
Il crudel m' abbandona, e mi detesta  
In all our Cynthia's shining sphere, Z496 (Purcell)
In some kind dream, Z497 (Purcell)
In turbato mare, RV627 (Vivaldi)
Invocation to Nature (Pinto)
Io ti levo l'impero dell'armi (Partenope)  
It was a time when silly bees could speak (Dowland)
Joshua (Handel)
Judas Maccabaeus (Handel)
King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z628 (Purcell)
La sorte mia vacilla (Antigona)  
Lamento d'Olimpia (India)
Lamento d'Olimpia (Monteverdi)
L'Atenaide (Vivaldi)
L'aura non sempre (Laodice)  
Let God arise 'Chandos Anthem No 11a', HWV256a (Handel)
Let us dance, let us sing  
L'incoronazione di Dario (Vivaldi)
L'ombre, L'aure, e ancora il rio (Caio)  
Lost is my quiet for ever, Z502 (Purcell)
Lotario, HWV26 (Handel)
Lungi dal vago volto  
Lungi dal vago volto, RV680 (Vivaldi)
Maledetto sia l'aspetto (Monteverdi)
Mark how the blushful morn  
Mein Geliebter hat versprochen (Benda)
Mein Thyrsis! dürft ich dir doch sagen (Benda)
M'hai resa infelice (Deidamia)  
Mi deride l'amante  
Mi lusinga il dolce affetto (Ruggiero)  
Mi stringerai sì  
Mignonne allons (Anon)
Move now with measured sound (Campion)
My song shall be alway 'Chandos Anthem No 7', HWV252 (Handel)
Nature! sweet mistress of the pensive mind  
Nel mondo e nell'abisso (Isacio)  
Nisi Dominus, SV200 (Monteverdi)
No, più soffrir non voglio (Lisaura)  
Non mi lusinga vana speranza (Oronte)  
Non ti lusinghi la crudeltade (Lucio)  
Non vi piacque, ingiusti dei (Emira)  
Now each creature (Handford)
Now hath Flora robbed her bowers (Campion)
O diva Ecate, sian d'effetto vuoti  
O Jerusalem (Hildegard of Bingen)
O liberty, thou choicest treasure (Israelitish woman)  
O praise the Lord with one consent 'Chandos Anthem No 9', HWV254 (Handel)
O tuneful voice, Hob XXVIa:42 (Haydn)
Oft have I tender'd (Ward)
Ohime ch'io cado (Monteverdi)
Ombre vane, ingiusti orrori (Costanza)  
Ombre, piante, urne funeste! (Rodelinda)  
Or la tromba – Battaglia (Rinaldo)  
Or la tromba (Rinaldo)  
Ottone in villa (Vivaldi)
Out from the vale (Ward)
Partenope, HWV27 (Handel)
Pena tiranna (Dardano)  
Perché viva il caro sposa (Esilena)  
Piangerò la sorte mia (Cleopatra)  
Piangono al pianger mio (India)
Placa l'alma (Rossane/Lisaura)  
Quando non vede la cara madre (Pulcheria)  
Quanto più fien tenaci  
Quel sguardo sdegnosetto (Monteverdi)
Quest'è dunque la fede? (Alceste)  
Retire, my troubled soul (Ward)
Riccardo Primo, Re d'Inghilterra, HWV23 (Handel)
Rinaldo, HWV7a (Handel)
Rodelinda, regina de' Longobardi, HWV19 (Handel)
Rodrigo, HWV5 (Handel)
Scherza in mar la navicella (Adelaide)  
Scipione, HWV20 (Handel)
Scoglio d' immota fronte (Berenice)  
Se in campo armato (Cesare)  
Se mai senti spirarti sul volto (Cesare)  
Se’l mio duol non è sì forte (Rodelinda)  
See, the conqu'ring hero comes! (Chorus of youths/Chorus of virgins)  
Sfere fermate (India)
Shows and nightly revels (Lupo)
Sibilar gli angui d'Aletto (Argante)  
Since from my dear Astrea's sight  
Sinfonia in F, BWV1046a: Allegro  
Sinfonia in F, BWV1046a: Menuetto  
Siroe, Re di Persia, HWV24 (Handel)
Solemn March during the circumvection of the Ark of the Covenant  
Son qual stanco pellegrino (Alceste)  
Song Tune 'Fairest Isle'  
Song Tune 'How blest are shepherds'  
Song Tune 'Let the soldiers rejoice'  
Song Tune 'Round thy coasts'  
Soon as the letters trembling I unclose  
Sosarme, Re di Media, HWV30 (Handel)
Stà nell'Ircana (Ruggiero)  
Still I'm wishing  
Stript of their green our groves appear, Z444 (Purcell)
Sweet Philomel (Ward)
Swift through the yielding air  
Symphony in C major  
Tamerlano, HWV18 (Handel)
Tell me why, my charming fair  
The curfew (Storace)
The Desert Island (Arne)
The glittering sun begins to rise  
The glitt'ring sun  
The kind appointment Celia made  
The Lark (Lawes)
The lark sings high in the cornfield (Linley Sr.)
The lover's recantation (Arne)
The Marigold (Lanier)
The Morning (Arne)
The Mournful Lovers (Lawes)
The Old Batchelor, Z607 (Purcell)
The Prophetess, or The History of Dioclesian, Z627 (Purcell)
The Triumph of Time and Truth, HWV71 (Handel)
Think not, my love, when secret grief (Linley Sr.)
This mossy bank they prest  
Thou soft flowing Avon  
Though you are young and I am old (Campion)
Ti pentirai, crudel, d'aver offeso (Elisa)  
Time has not thinn'd my flowing hair (Jackson)
Time stands still (Dowland)
Time, cruel Time (Danyel)
Time, that leads the fatal round (Lupo)
'Tis only no harm to know it, you know (Shield)
Tito Manlio (Vivaldi)
Tolomeo, Re di Egitto, HWV25 (Handel)
Torna il sereno zefiro (India)
Triumph now with joy and mirth (Giles)
Tutta raccolta ancor (Berenice)  
Un chant novel (Guibert Kaukesel)
V' adoro, pupille (Cleopatra)  
Va tacito e nascosto (Cesare)  
Vedrai s' a tuo dispetto (Almira)  
Vedrò fra poco (Alceste)  
Venti turbini (Rinaldo)  
Verdi prati (Ruggiero)  
Vo' far guerra, e vincer voglio (Armida)  
Voglio di vita uscir (Monteverdi)
Vorrei, né pur saprei (Elmira)  
Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!, BWV208 (Bach)
Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten 'Wedding Cantata', BWV202 (Bach)
What can we poor females do?, Z518 (Purcell)
What shall I do to show how much I love her?  
What then is love but mourning? (Rosseter)
What tho' his guilt  
When love was a stranger  
Why still before these streaming eyes (Salomon)
Why, my Daphne, why complaining?, Z525 (Purcell)
You meaner beauties of the night (East)
You say 'tis love  
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