Clarinettist Emma Johnson MBE will be the guest soloist with the Jersey Symphony Orchestra (JSO) at a special concert to mark its 25th anniversary later this month. The JSO’s Winter Concert, once again sponsored by Deutsche Bank, takes place at Fort Regent on Sunday 18th December starting at 8pm and this year is entitled ‘A New World Christmas’, featuring Antonin Dvoƙák’s ‘New World Symphony’.

The programme will include Aaron Copland’s ‘Fanfare for the Common Man’ and ‘Clarinet Concerto’ and a number of seasonal works, including Bruce Broughton’s ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ and Leroy Anderson’s ‘Sleigh Ride’. In addition, a combined choir of 60 children’s voices from Jersey College for Girls and Victoria College Preparatory School will also take to the stage to perform pieces by Copland and Anderson with the JSO, before the audience will be invited to join in with a traditional carol. Music will be performed before the concert and during the interval in the foyer by the Salvation Army Band, with a retiring collection being taken on their behalf.

Emma Johnson is one of the few clarinettists to have established an international career as a soloist and has performed across Europe, the USA and the Far East, as well as in Africa and Australia. Emma won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition in 1984, was a medal winner in the Eurovision Young Musician and later won the Young Concert Artist Auditions in New York. Emma has appeared as soloist with many leading orchestras including the London Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic and Salzburg Camerata. In 1996 Emma was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to music.

The JSO will be under the baton of Principal Conductor Philip Ellis, who has established a reputation as one of Great Britain’s most versatile conductors having conducted most of the major British orchestras as well as orchestras in Europe, the Far East and Australia. A regular guest conductor for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philip has, since 2001, been Musical Director for soprano Lesley Garrett and in 2012 will make his Paris Opera debut, conducting with the Paris Opera Ballet at the Opera Garnier.

Richard Thomas, President of the Jersey Symphony Orchestra, said: “With the Jersey Symphony Orchestra celebrating such a landmark anniversary this year, I am absolutely delighted that a guest soloist of Emma’s stature has been able to join us at this year’s Winter Concert. The performance by the combined choir from Victoria College Prep and Jersey College for Girls will I’m sure be another highlight in a programme featuring some really popular and festive works.”