Emma's career has been groundbreaking, ever since, as a schoolteacher and amateur singer, she was invited to perform and record with pioneers of historically-aware performance in Renaissance and Baroque music. Long partnerships followed with British and international ensembles, individual players, and record companies, and now Emma's voice and style are recognised worldwide.

Or a series of honours the most recent have been a DBE in 2007 and, in 2011, the Queen's Medal for Music. Amazed by all this,  she is nevertheless glad of the recognition it implies, for a way of music-making that values ensemble, clarity and stillness over such things as volume and display; above all, she is delighted to see a new generation of singers and players bringing their skills to the endeavour.