The Artisans: an exciting new medieval and Renaissance band

The Artisans

Emily Askew: Director
(Vielle, Bagpipes, Recorders, Shawm, Percussion)

Emily Askew is an extremely versatile musician playing recorders, vielle (medieval fiddle), bagpipes and fiddle. Her interests are wide and varied reaching from the deep roots of folk music through to Medieval, Baroque and contemporary repertoire. She also has a passion for Dr Who and hair dye!

Emily studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Ian Wilson and William Lyons, where she graduated with a first class honours BMUS as well as receiving a concert recital diploma. She is also the recipient of the 2009 Dove Memorial Prize for the highest BMUS mark.

As a member of the Askew Sisters, she has twice been a BBC Young Folk Award semi-finalist and in 2005 won the New Roots competition. The sisters have released two albums on Wild Goose records and have been playing at festivals and clubs for the last eight years to great acclaim.

A keen chamber musician, Emily also performs with a range of early music ensembles. These include Medieval and Renaissance groups The Artisans and The Dufay Collective. She also enjoys collaborations between different art forms. Recent work includes Yonec, the Dufay Collective's Puppet project, A Long Walk Home with contemporary dancers choreographed by Darren Ellis and Walk the Way the Artisans collaboration with poets Paulina Vauderbilt and Lucy Aykroyd.

Emily is also interested in opera and theatre. She has performed in operas as principal recorder at Glyndebourne and as a multi-instrumentalist in productions for Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the Apollo Theatre and the Hampstead Players.

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