Musical Director: Martin Emslie
Martin Emslie is much in demand throughout Somerset as a freelance Musical Director and arranger, tackling a wide variety of shows as diverse as West Side Story, Honk, My Fair Lady, Wizard of Oz, Godspell, Oklahoma and Grease as well as Oratorio such as Stainer’s Crucifixion.
He has also taught music from primary school age up to “A” level and is the Director of Music for two Parish churches in Somerset in addition to Castle Cary Choir and Oakfield Choir, Frome.
Martin is a Fellow of the London College of Music and has written a new Oratorio, Omega and Alpha, which had its World Premiere in Wells Cathedral in April 2013. Please see www.omegaandalpha.co.uk.
Accompanist : Kylie Borg
Kylie is originally from Sydney, Australia, Kylie has had a full career of over 30 years, in many genres of the music industry.
Having toured with Australia’s’ first ‘all-female rock band’, at aged 16, Kylie played keys /vocals in 90’s cover bands, show bands, later freelancing, leading her own Jazz Trio on the Sydney Music Scene.
Kylie then travelled the world from 1995 to 2000 as Piano Bar Entertainer, in China, Malaysia, Cambodia, Oman, Dubai and London.
In 1997, Kylie recorded her first solo album, ‘Solo and Blue’, whilst resident pianist in Japan.
Performing on cruise ships around the Mediterranean and the Caribbean in 2000, Kylie was diagnosed with vocal nodules, which she healed with Vocal Overtoning. This led to a study of sound as vibrational medicine, which she now uses to support others, to connect with their own ‘inner voice.’
With an Associate Diploma from Trinity College, London, Kylie has taught Piano and Voice in Australia and UK schools in London, Kent, and the Midlands.
As a community musician, Kylie has led ‘Singing for the Brain’, ‘Singing for Breathing’, Singing for ‘Complementary Cancer Care Trust’ and Music Improvisation for Mental Health.
From 2006 to 2013, Kylie led the choir for ‘The Red Rooster Project ’, funded by Sir Mick Jagger.
Based in Somerset since 2013, Kylie continues to teach piano and voice, accompany for exams as well as facilitate ‘1 to 1’ sessions for expression and emotional wellbeing. Kylie is delighted to now become accompanist, for the Castle Cary Choir.
Current Workshops include ‘Free The Inner Voice’, ‘Music Improvisation Playshops’ and ‘Healing Sound Circles’.
‘With a background in jazz, I am passionate about helping others connect with their creativity through music, whether through voice, instrument or percussion.
Kylie still enjoys playing local gigs and can often be heard with ‘The Wells Jazz Collective’ at ‘The Bocobar’ in Glastonbury.