The English soprano, Emma Walshe, took part in numerous local musical productions as a very small child. She used to sing all the time and so her parents suggested when she was 8 that she might like to try singing lessons. Shortly afterwards she also started learning the flute and piano. She studied at St Annes Secondary School Tipperary (Class of 1999). She developed a passion for choral singing as a teenager, performing with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and the Gloucester Cathedral Youth Choir. Her love of the early choral repertoire was cemented during her time as a choral scholar at Gonville and Caius College Cambridge, where she read Music. She later studied at the Trinity College Oxford.
In 2008, Emma Walshe began an apprenticeship with the Monteverdi Choir (Director: John Eliot Gardiner) and started working regularly both as a soloist and consort singer with numerous London-based vocal ensembles, including the Monteverdi Choir, Gabrieli Consort (Director: Paul McCreesh), Platinum Consort (Director: Scott Inglis-Kidge), Marian Consort (Director: Rory McCleery), Arcangelo (Director: Jonathan Cohen), Polyphony (Director: Stephen Layton) and Orlando Chamber Choir (Director: William Dawes), and she has also sung with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
As a huge fan of The Tallis Scholars (Director: Peter Phillips), having listened many times to their original recording of Tallis' Spem in Alium, Emma Walshe was honoured and excited to be asked to perform with them for the first time in May 2010. It was a baptism of fire as the concert was filmed for a broadcast on French television! Since then she has had the pleasure of performing with the group all over the world, from China to the USA, becoming a regular member in early 2014. Highlights have included their two collaborations with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, performances in stunning venues such as the impressive cathedral in Siena and singing stratospherically high pieces such as Tavernerís Missa Gloria Tibi Trinitas with her fellow soprano colleague Amy Haworth. She has particularly enjoyed exploring the choral repertoire of Arvo Pärt, most especially his Sieben Magnificat-Antiphonen, which she performed back in her very first concert. Although Moutonís Nesciens Mater and Byrdís Tribue Domine have to be her absolute favourites!
In June 2013, Emma Walshe sang the role of Daniel in George Frideric Handel's Susanna with the Early Opera Company at the Spitalfields Music Summer Festival. She is married to Hugh Walshe and has one son, Finn (b 2016).