Martin Emslie

Martin Emslie.

Martin Emslie, FLCM is an accomplished musical performer, composer, arranger and director, with substantial experience in a wide range of musical genres. He is frequently in demand as a freelance musical director for both classical performances and musical theatre productions.

Musical Resume.

EARLY MUSICAL EXPERIENCE

Whilst at school in Lancashire, Martin studied music along with private tuition for piano, classical guitar and trumpet. As a teenager, Martin started playing organ regularly at churches and keyboards in the hotels, clubs and holiday centres in the Blackpool area. The work was demanding, often in front of audiences of more than 1,000 people, backing high calibre cabaret artists with no rehearsal. Martin was also very active in local operatic groups, performing many shows per year.

As a pianist, Martin was frequently in demand for playing at rehearsals with music ranging from Gilbert and Sullivan to West Side Story. By this time he had taken the role of Musical Director for 2 small, local shows, leading a 7 piece band and being responsible for all musical arrangements. He was also involved with a local drama group working backstage, learning the art of Stage Management and the techniques required to produce a show.

When he relocated to Somerset, Martin was approached by the Yeovil Scouts to help create a Gang Show and continued as Musical Director for 16 years. The Yeovil Gang Show rapidly gained a national reputation for the quality and quantity of harmony singing, involving a cast of up to 100 people and a 17-piece orchestra. Martin composed a significant proportion of the shows as well as completing all the musical arrangements. In 1995 the cast performed in the Royal Albert Hall under Martin’s direction in front of 7,000 spectators.

Other musical activities have been many and varied. They include:

In 2002 Martin left his main profession (engineering) to concentrate on musical activities.

Musical Instruments

Martin is a highly skilled musician specialising in piano, electric organ, synthesizer, church organ, classical, folk, electric and bass guitar.

Martin Emslie at the electric organ

Electric Organ

Martin Emslie with acoustic and electric guitars.

Acoustic & Electric Guitars

Martin Emslie at the piano

Piano

Martin Emslie at the church organ.

Church Organ

Martin Emslie with an acoustic guitar.

Acoustic Guitar

Musical Director.

MUSICAL DIRECTOR FOR:

  • Salad Days
  • Jack and the beanstalk (3 productions)
  • Snow White (2 productions)
  • Aladdin
  • My Fair Lady
  • Bugsy
  • Wizard of Oz (2 productions)
  • Bright Sparks (3 productions)
  • Castaways variety shows (5 productions)
  • Oliver
  • Oklahoma
  • Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
  • Godspell
  • West Side Story
  • Sweet Charity
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Grease
  • Honk
  • Peter Pan (2 productions)
  • Strike it Lucky
  • Think of the Magic
  • Fiddler on the roof
  • Sweet Charity
  • Grease
  • Dracula Spectacular
  • Yeovil Scout and Guide Gang Show (15 productions)
  • Scout/Guide and other variety productions (6 productions)
  • Sound of Music
  • Honk
  • Annie
  • Hairspray
Martin Emslie Musical Director

Choral Direction.

Martin has been the Director of Castle Cary Choir since January 2011. The choir has doubled in size since he took office and gives approximately 8 concerts each year to raise money for charitable causes.

Castle Cary Choir Website

Church Music.

Martin Emslie Church Music

Martin is a highly experienced church organist and choir director. He has played for services in many of the churches around Castle Cary and Yeovil and was the resident Director of Music for Castle Cary and Ansford Parish churches for 10 years.

Listen to "The Climb To Golgotha".

Castle Cary & Ansford Church

Teaching.

Martin is a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has taught all levels of music from basic primary curriculum through GCSE to A level and BTEC National Diploma in both Music and Music Technology. He also teaches guitar (Classical, rock and folk), piano and organ and Music Theory to Grade 8.

He has taught at Yeovil College, Stanchester Academy, Ansford Academy, Lovington Primary School (General Curriculum music) and Grass Royal Junior School.

Composition.

Martin Emslie Composition

Over the last twenty years Martin has composed numerous pieces for inclusion in the various shows that he has been involved with.

Recent Projects

STRIKE IT LUCKY

In 2011 he completed the music for a new musical drama called Strike it Lucky collaborating with Lynn Lee-Brown who wrote the book and lyrics.
It was first produced as a show in July of that year to critical acclaim.

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Contact Martin for instrumental parts

ROCK MASS IN D

A Latin Mass for SATB Choir with accompaniment by full Rock Band.

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OMEGA & ALPHA

In April 2013 the premiere of Martin’s oratorio “Omega and Alpha” was held in Wells Cathedral.
For more information and purchase of scores see Omega & Alpha Website.

Omega & Alpha Website.

Arrangements.

Martin has considerable experience in arranging all forms of music for both choral and orchestral uses. Music can be created in both standard written form or as recorded musical backing tracks.

To contact Martin please click on the link below or send an email to:
martin@emslie.me.uk