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Emilia Hughes (Soprano)

Born: Southampton, England

The English soprano, Emila Hughes Morton, grew up in a musical family. She was a chorister at both Salisbury and Wells Cathedrals. A Specialist Music Scholarship at Wells Cathedral School further helped to nurture a passion for solo singing and whilst at the school she was able to perform the solos in such works as Haydn's Nelson Mass, Purcell's Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne and Monteverdi's Vespers in and around Wells. She took a Choral Scholarship to Clare College, Cambridge and whilst studying for the music degree performed solos in concert and on the opera stage including J.S. Bach's Mass in B minor (BWV 232) in King's College Chapel and Belinda in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas.

With performances described as "full of sharp intensity" (Town Topics, Princeton) and "comforting and consoling" (The Herald Scotland), Emilia Morton has growing commitments on the solo platform both in the UK and abroad. Since her studies, she has been singing professionally both on the solo platform and with a number of London's most prestigious choirs including the Monteverdi Choir (Director: John Eliot Gardiner), The Sixteen (Director: Harry Christophers), Gabrieli Consort (Director: Paul McCreesh) and Tenebrae Choir (Director: Nigel Short). For Sir John Eliot Gardiner she has performed as a soloist in Heinrich Schütz' Musikalisches Exequien and George Frideric Handel's Israel in Egypt and most recently in G.F. Handel's Dixit Dominus at Buckingham Palace in the presence of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales and in Princeton University, USA. Over the past few years she has returned to Cambridge to perform J.S. Bach's Cantatas with St John's College Choir and members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and more recently, a pre-dinner recital for benefactors at Clare College. She also returns to Salisbury frequently as a soloist and most recently in J.S. Bach's St John Passion (BWV 245) and G.F. Handel's Messiah for the final concert of the Southern Cathedral's Festival. She currently lives in London, England. She got married in July 2015.

"Emilia's pure and seemingly effortless soprano arias were exquisite" - Jennifer Hopkins, March 2010, review of J.S. Bach's St John Passion (BWV 245)

Source: Emilia Morton Website; All Photos: Ash Mills Photography
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (September 2015)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




John Eliot Gardiner


Member of Monteverdi Choir:
V-9 (2011):
BWV 225-230, BWV Anh 159
V-13 (2013):
BWV 232 [2nd recording]
V-10 (2015):
BWV 232 [3nd recording]
V-11 (2015, Video)
BWV 232 [4th recording]

Stephen Layton


Member of Polyphony:
V-1 (2012):
BWV 245

Links to other Sites

Emilia Morton - Soprano (Official Website)
Emilia Morton on Facebook


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