Emma Murphy

Emma Murphy is a versatile musician with a passion for exploring the wealth of material the history and range of her instrument offers. She graduated from Birmingham University in 1994 before going on to Trinity College of Music to further her studies with a Masters degree. She was one of the youngest people ever to be awarded an FTCL at the age of just 19.

Emma’s love of the recorder has led her to promote concerts, think up new projects, as well as commission new works. Her interest in novel ideas led to her researching and organising this disc of some of the best known recorder music, as well as some of the most neglected, from a collection that has never really fully been recorded before. Emma has also researched, written and presented features related to the recorder and early music on BBC Radio 3’s ‘Early Music Show’.

Emma performs music from the medieval period up to the present day, and has recently combined the two by arranging and recording one of Jimi Hendrix’s greatest hits, ‘Purple Haze’, on medieval instruments for the BBC. She has performed and recorded with the Gabrieli Consort, King’s Consort and Ex Cathedra as well as with smaller chamber groups, in particular, with the trio Da Camera. Emma is a regular tutor at Dartington International Summer School.

  • 2012 marks the 15th anniversary of the first release from the leading independent classical label Signum Records. Beginning life as an early music specialist (with a landmark release of the Complete Works of Thomas Tallis with Chapelle du Roi), Signum has grown since 1997 to a catalogue of over 300 releases across a wide range of genres. In this Early Music collection, you can hear a wide rage of works by Gallicantus, the OAE, Gabrieli Consort, Chapelle du Roi and many more all on one disc - all selected from titles across the Signum catalogue.
    Extracts from 26 discs of composers ranging from Tallis to Telemann provide Signum Classics with a colourful shop window from which we can pick and chooseBBC Music Magazine
  • Described by the London music publisher as ‘Very Improvei ng and Delightful to all lovers of that instrument’ The First Part of the Division Flute was originally issued for the Baroque treble recorder in 1705.

    Murphy’s love of the recorder inspired her to record some of the best known recorder music, as well as some of the most neglected, from a collection that has never been fully recorded before. A fantastic disc of musicians at the forefront of early music today.