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Paul Lenehan


" of the most prolific and well-known clarinet soloists of the past quarter century"

The Clarinet, America

"Britain's favourite clarinettist"

The Times

"England's best loved clarinet player"

BBC Music Magazine

Emma Johnson is one of the few clarinettists to have established a career as a solo performer which has taken her to venues all over the world. Emma grew up in London and her career was launched when at the age of 17 she won BBC Young Musicians in front of a television audience of 12 million, followed by the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York.


A passionate advocate of the clarinet as a solo instrument, Emma has commissioned new works from composers such as Sir John Dankworth, Sir Michael Berkeley and Jonathan Dove. More recently she has again turned her attention to education, and in 2024 established the Emma Johnhson Music Foundation, which aims to advance the understanding of music, in particular of orchestral instruments, among young people in the UK, by providing educational workshops and concerts in schools, along with bursaries for disadvantaged children, so that every child can benefit from learning a musical instrument.

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Instrument Stories
Music by Emma Johnson
Illustrated by Rebecca Price


Music at Stow is excited to announce that Emma will be running workshops centred around her Instrument Stories project, and she will be taking these into our local primary schools, with a 'Children & Parents' concert in St Edward's Church at 11:00am on Saturday 14th September -

more details to follow.

Theme from The Victorian Kitchen Garden

Favourite Finzi

Recital Programme

Sylvana Variations
Fantasiestucke Op.73
Vaughan Williams
Studies in English Folk Song
Rigoletto Fantasy


Michael Omer (2014)
You Could Hear the Olive Trees Groan
Five Bagatelles
Single Petal of  a Rose - It Don't Mean a Thing


Emma Johnson’s television appearances range from a recital for Sky Arts to gala concerts the Proms. She is also remembered for playing the popular theme for The Victorian Kitchen Garden on BBC TV (winning a Novello Award).

Her radio work includes Artist of the Week for both BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM as well as for radio stations around the world and she has been a featured guest on programmes such as Woman's Hour and World at One. Her broadcasts about the composer Finzi and the poet Milton were both chosen as Pick of the Week and she is often invited to give talks, including recently Comedy Classical, an exploration of humour in music, for The Arts Society.

Emma Gets in the Groove

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