Arts Project Management

Emma is an experienced arts project manager with a focus on community and education creative and performance projects. As a producer for Welsh National Opera and a Project Manager for Dartington Arts she has managed artistic teams in the development and delivery of a number of large scale projects managing creative collaborations with professional artists and community groups.

Example Projects

Dartington Summer Youth Programme

3 week arts summer school

Programme Director

A three-week intensive programme of collaborative courses in music and arts for young people aged 6-20.


This programme included courses in classical, folk, jazz and musical theatre ensemble music courses with leaders including Joe Broughton and the Urban Folk Quartet, Stephen Deazley, 6PAC Jazz and musicians from the South West Camerata, as well as courses in music technology, photography and filmmaking.  DSYP ran alongside Dartington International Summer School, culminating  in events that were part of the DISS performance programme. Folk ensemble course FolkWorld was founded at the Dartington Summer Youth Programme and is now in its eighth year.

Sweetness and Badness

new chamber opera UK tour


Newly-commissioned opera performed by singer actors and musicians of Welsh National Opera. Tour of seventeen theatres and schools across England and Wales.  Management of the commission, creation and UK tour of a chamber opera by Will Todd.

Marvellous Medicine

a large scale song cycle performance (Brian Irvine)

St David’s Hall, Cardiff
Producer (WNO)

A large-scale orchestral and choral performance project for 400 primary school pupils and teachers, secondary school instrumentalists and the orchestra of Welsh National Opera, conducted by David Lawrence, 2006.


Project Manager (WNO)

A series of week long workshops over 2005-2007 with professional composers, poets and musicians working with groups of young people from communities in the South Wales valleys in the creation of brand new collaborative song cycles in response to the main stage repertoire of WNO. The new works were performed on the Glanfa stage in the Wales Millennium Centre.

Magic Voices

a new opera for professional and children performers by John O’Hara

Project Manager (WNO)

A new opera composed by John O’Hara after a programme of creative workshops in primary schools across the South Wales valleys, based on Mozart’s Magic Flute. Drawing together fresh ideas in music, words and design, the professional artists created a new opera which was the performed by a chorus of over 100 primary students, alongside professional soloists from WNO and an orchestra of local young musicians and WNO orchestra players.