The Emnica Duo is a professional clarinet & piano combination. They burst onto the London music scene in 2003, with an outstanding debut concert at The Regents Hall. Since then, they have given successful recitals at many London venues including St Martin-in-the-Fields, The Colourhouse Theatre, St James’s, Piccadilly, St Anne’s Music Society, St Bride’s Music Society, and many others. They have been selected against exceptional musical talent to take part in the Landor Records competition and have a variety of forthcoming concerts including the Royal Albert Hall as part of their new lunchtime concert series called Ignite. They have also played for functions and events where small interludes of recital repertoire is required or alternatively as a background music duo.
Undeniably, their commitment has proven their performances to be individual and charismatic. They are often applauded for the rapport they share together and deliver to the audience. Whether you wish to book the Duo for recital work or to provide background music for functions or events, weddings or parties, their professionalism allows them to accommodate to every situation.
Nottingham born Stuart Eminson is a Royal Academy of Music graduate, having studied with Angela Malsbury of the London Mozart Players, Nicholas Rodwell of The Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra and Richard Addison of The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. During his studies Stuart won several plaudits, including the John Solomon prize for solo recital, the Geoffrey Hawkes prize for clarinet and the Nicholas Blake prize for wind chamber music. He was also given the chance to play for and learn from the best of international clarinet talent including masterclasses with Michael Collins, Gervase de Peyer, James Campbell, Andrew Marriner and Karl Leister.
Stuart is currently pursuing his freelance career and has performed in many parts of the country as well as overseas in orchestras, as part of chamber music ensembles and as a solo recitalist. He is co-founder of the AURA Wind Quartet, and has been a member of the orchestra for the touring production of Cameron Makintosh’s Oliver! which took him around the United Kingdom and went on to Canada.
His interests in the clarinet world are not only confined to classical music – involvement in Jazz and other genres have led him to performances, amongst others, at The Jazz Café, The Kentish Town Forum and Bar Rhumba, alongside recordings and albums for Soul Jazz Records and Electric M.E.L.T.
Claire Capps combines her work as a freelance pianist and accompanist with her teaching engagements. Her performance work involves accompanying recitalists and singers for concerts, examinations and auditions, playing in chamber groups, and providing background music for special events and functions.
Although a strong solo player, it was while studying for a music degree at the University Of Birmingham that Claire discovered her love of accompanying and working with other musicians. This prompted Claire to explore this interest further by taking a postgraduate diploma in accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Claire’s performances have taken her to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Liverpool University, Southwark Cathedral and St James, Piccadilly. Outside the UK she has travelled to Siena to work as a repetiteur and has played on Swan Hellenic cruises with Terzina (a clarinet trio) in South America, Italy, Turkey and Greece. She was also a resident cocktail pianist at The Basil Street Hotel, Knightsbridge for several years.