Em Marshall-Luck read Greats at Oxford University and currently devotes all her energies to making the EMF, EM Records and EM Publishing successful enterprises.
Em’s love of English music started in her early years and developed into a passion during her school years at St Paul’s Girls’ School (where Holst, Vaughan Williams and Howells had all been Directors of Music). She started working with Thames Publishing at the age of 16, an association which lasted over six years. In her early twenties, she gained considerable festival experience at the Three Choirs Festival, as a Hesse student at the Aldeburgh Festival and as Concert Assistant for Music at Oxford.
When not working on the EMF, Em’s attachment to English music continues through her involvement with a number of British composer societies, primarily that of the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society, of which she was the Chairman from 2008 to 2014, and is now the English Music Consultant. She has also been Chairman of the Granville Bantock Society, the Secretary of both the Association of English Singers and Speakers and the Peter Warlock Society, and Head of Publicity for the Elgar Society, and is also currently the Consultant to the Granville Bantock Estate. She is regularly in print, writing mainly about music in the form of articles, reviews and programme notes, but is also a freelance journalist covering travel, fine food and wine; primarily as the Restaurant Critic for the Quarterly Review. She is also in demand as a speaker, giving talks on British composers to various societies throughout the UK as well as appearing on BBC Radio 3, Radio 4, Classic FM, as well as numerous local radio stations.
She lives in rural Dorset with her husband, the violinist Rupert Marshall-Luck, their young son Tristan, two dogs, one cat and two Indian Runner Ducks. She enjoys an eclectic range of interests from travel (exploring the Himalayas or getting lost in Moroccan desert towns and being rescued by Berber merchants) through to Ancient Indian philosophy. Rare moments of leisure see her wandering the hills or scrambling around castles and ancient monuments with her Border Collie and Irish Wolfhound. Her book on British composers and the landscape (Music in the Landscape), published by Robert Hale, has received excellent reviews; to order a copy, please visit the Marketplace.