Emma Kershaw

Emma was trained on the violin and piano at the Royal College of Music, London and has a BA music degree.

STAGE: April in Company directed by Julia Mackenzie in a staged radio broadcast with the BBC Concert Orchestra. Lead roles in the West End include Fantine in Les Miserables, Miss Bell in Fame, Mavis in Hot Stuff and Twinkie in Prisoner Cell Block H, the Musical. She also performed in By the Skin of Our Teeth at the Young Vic in London. Other roles in England include Moll in Moll Flanders, Sophia in the world premiere ofTom Jones, Ranyevskaya in The Cherry Orchard, Anita in West Side Story, Marty in Grease, Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Cloris in Lock up your Daughters, Lizzie in Jekkyl and Maria Elena in Buddy. She hasplayed leads in three productions nominated for Best Musical: The Baker's Wife in Into the Woods, Lola in Stone Free and Fraulein Kost in Cabaret.  In 1995, she won Best Female Performance during a festiva lof One Act Plays, as Joyce in Ruffian on the Stair.

In Europe Emma played Florence in the award-nominated production of Chess (Copenhagen and tour). She also sang the role of Florence on the latest released double CD of the show. Other leads in shows include Rizzo in Grease, Mary in Jesus Christ Superstar, Mrs Walker in Tommy, Narrator in William Walton’s Façade and Miss Bell in Fame.

CONCERT: Featured singer in The Story of James Bond- a tribute to Ian Fleming at the Palladium. She was the guest singer for Michael Ball at the Hampton court Festival 2008. She headlined in Swingin’ on Broadway with the RTE Concert Orchestra and this May was the featured soloist on Friday Night is Music Night on
Radio 2 with the BBC Concert Orchestra.  She was the soloist for their Christmas Concert in 2002, and in 2007 a live broadcast celebrating Radio 2’s 40th birthday. She is a regular soloist for the Performing
Arts Symphony Orchestra and has also worked as a soloist with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic, the London Pops, The Manchester Concert, Gothenberg Opera Symphony and the Aalborg Symphony. Ballet Rambert featured Emma on a National Tour in 2005 as part of a piece by Cole Porter. Recently she featured in
A Celebration of Cole Porter at the Barbican. Emma sang a duet with Elaine Paige at the Chelmsford Festival and was featured on a BBC radio programme called The Best of British. She took part in the Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Concert, The Best of Gershwin and Andrew Lloyd Webber's 50th Birthday, all performed at
the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Vocals performed supporting artists such as Celine Dion, Chaka Khan, Annie Lennox, The Bee Gees, Lionel Richie, Will Young, Robbie Williams at the MTV Music awards and X Factor. She has appeared
on many TV shows including Parkinson, The Royal Variety, Olivier Awards, Top of the Pops, This Morning, the Paul O Grady Show, GMTV, Pebble Mill, London Tonight and Pop Idol. She also sang at The Princes Trust Concert 2006, Proms 2007 and Proms in the Park 2006 and 2008.

Recent film soundtracks include Nine, Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, Veronica Guerin, Around the world in 80 days and Pirates of the Caribbean. She was a featured vocalist on the soundtrack of Lion King 3, was a soloist on the new Asterix film and can be heard on the CDs and soundtracks of Robbie Williams, the RPO's Here come the Classics, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar and Saturday Night Fever