The Local Vocals

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 The Local Vocals are a diverse group of people that have a common love of music and singing. We all have different abilities and strengths. No previous experience is required to join the group and we strive to ensure fees are kept as low as possible in order that this experience is made available to as many people as possible.

Please note that there is currently a minimum age limit of 16.

The Local Vocals group was set up in 2012 by Donna Wright who runs the group. We are very lucky to have an experienced and talented Choir Mistress in Emma Brown.

Emma Brown BA Hons (Mus) LLCM Vocal Coach

Emma began her vocal training at the age of nine. She trained at Stowe School (under Doris Jennings) the Colchester Institute (under Jennifer Lilleystone) and trained in musical theatre (under Debbie Lammin, Mountview.)

Emma began her career as an opera singer at the age of 18 when she performed in the chorus of a touring opera company in productions of Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutti" and Verdi's "Rigoletto". After her first year at Music college she landed the role of the evil Juno in Handel's "Semele".

At the age of 20 her love for Musical theatre took over and she re-trained
in musical theatre singing and went on to perform the roles of Maria in
"Westside Story", and Nancy in "Oliver", most recently Emma played the title role in "Little Voice". Emma has been musical director for several shows including "Little Shop of Horrors", The Who's "Tommy", where she also played the part of "Acid Queen".

At the age of 21 (4 months before graduating) Emma was given her first record deal with "A New Day" record company. She was signed with the progressive rock band "Solstice". After two years of touring and featuring at the infamous "Tull Conventions", Solstice had released two albums "Live at Cropredy" and "Circles". It was for her work on "Circles" that she was voted one of the top ten singers England in 1998. In 2007 Emma performed as part of Solstice for Her Majesty the Queen at the opening of Milton Keynes stadium. Solstice released their latest album "Spirit" earlier this year.

In 1999 Emma embarked on her TV and Film acting Career. Her television appearances have included Bad Girls (series 3), Midsommer Murders, and she was Amanda Holden's stunt double for the BBC Drama "The Hunt". Her film work has included "Birthday Girl" with Nicole Kidman.

As a Vocal coach, Emma studies regularly at the Royal Academy of Music under Anne-Marie Speed and has achieved Estil lqualifications levels 1 and 2. Emma has entered over 200 students for singing exams and has 100% pass rate. She has also trained students who have gone on to be signed by Mercury records (amongst other companies) and has several students in West End shows including "Wicked".