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Stowmarket: Singer Emma Bonner-Morgan performs Suffolk composer Martin Shaw’s songs

12:00 06 December 2012

Singer/songwriter Emma Bonner-Morgan has been learning and playing her great, great uncle

Singer/songwriter Emma Bonner-Morgan has been learning and playing her great, great uncle's Martin Shaw's songs.


A SINGER has performed songs written by her great, great, uncle, the late Suffolk composer Martin Shaw.


Soprano Emma Bonner-Morgan, of Stowmarket, sang the songs at a concert at Wolverton Manor on the Isle of Wight.

Mr Shaw, who lived in Suffolk and was married to Joan Cobbold of the brewery family, had 300 works published in his life but no recordings have survived.

Miss Bonner-Morgan set about working on the concert with a family friend, actor Jeffrey Dench, after her second cousin released a CD of Mr Shaw’s music earlier in the year.

She said: “It was quite moving. He was born 100 years before me and it’s meant I’ve got to know his music and his life. The night was dedicated to his life and work. His music was really lovely and I have learnt a lot of things about him.

“He was very involved in London life and knew many composers at the time. He was really dedicated to performing music throughout England. He brought together a lot of important church music that we are singing now.”

In the concert Miss Bonner-Morgan sang Mr Shaw’s songs with Mr Dench, brother to world-famous actress Judi Dench, who read Shakespeare and extracts from Mr Shaw’s autobiography.

Mr Shaw was born in London in 1875 and died in Southwold in 1958. Miss Bonner-Morgan’s debut album, Never Mind the Rain, is available to buy.



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