In Dame Emma Kirkby's 70th year, she has been presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2019 for her outstanding contribution to music-making in her career. She celebrated her birthday earlier this year with a delightful concert at Wigmore Hall.
Not many singers are revolutionaries; not many can be said to have radically changed the sound of music in our time. But that is the lifetime achievement of Emma Kirkby: through her totally distinctive voice, focused artistry and supremely intelligent music-making she has transformed our experience of a repertory of great music. She has been one of the most powerful forces in the early music revival across nearly 50 years, and thus a key part of one of the most important and influential movements in today’s musical world.
Congratulations to Emma, and you can read more about the special award here.
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