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Singer Songwriter

Vocal Animateur

Workshop Leader


Emily Barden


Education and Community Choirs

Emily is a composer, songwriter, choral director and workshop leader.

She works with many Arts Organisations, Music Hubs and schools.

Emily specialises in co-creating songs and original work with young people in group settings as well as leading massed singing events across all age groups.

Recent commissions include the Philharmonia Orchestra, Benedetti Foundation, North London Collegiate School, Britten Pears Arts, Portsmouth Music Hub

To book Emily to work with your group, please use the contact submission form below


Friday Afternoons

Emily is proud to be an ambassador for Friday Afternoons, a singing project run by BrittenPears Arts at Snape Maltings, Suffolk.

Building on the legacy and work of Benjamin Britten, Friday Afternoons work with teachers, choirs, organisations and young people, nationally and internationally, providing high quality new songs written for treble voices. 

Emily was the composer for 'Celebration in 2020 and 2022 . 

This Suffolk schools event bringing over 1400 young people to the Snape Maltings stage. 

"We loved the Finale song. Emily did a wonderful job in both writing it and teaching us"  Holbrook Primary School

Emily has been involved in the creation of new composition resources, now available on the website

Sing Up

Emily has composed many songs for young voices. Several of these are available via www.Sing 

She has been commissioned to write several of the Sing Up Day songs, performed world wide.

From school songs to large scale choral pieces, Emily writes to commission and is always happy to discuss ways in which she can work with you to create the song you want. 


West Sussex Sings

Emily leads several adult community choirs under the umbrella of West Sussex Sings.

All choirs are open to everyone, no auditions, no experience needed, no commitment to long term membership.

For full details including the online choir offer currently available, please see


Youtube Singing Sessions

Emily has filmed 12 30 minute singing sessions for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children, all available for free on Portsmouth Music Hub's Youtube Channel. 

Click HERE to watch and sing along 

Emily made several West Sussex Sings  virtual choir videos across 2020/21

Click HERE to watch 

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To make a booking enquiry or for more information send a message using this contact form.

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Emily Live Showcase

Upcoming Events


The Victoria Institute, Arundel

Friday 19th April 2024



Artist Info

Emily is a singer songwriter, performing acoustically both as a solo artist and alongside other musicians. Emily plays piano and guitar and sings a wide variety of songs, from country/folk inspired originals to well loved classic songs and jazz standards. Emily works professionally as a singer and composer, and has toured with artists from the worlds of rock through to opera, as a backing vocalist and choir director.

Emily is an experienced choral leader and vocal arranger, and currently runs several adult Community Choirs. Visit for more info. 

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