Profile: Emme Hensel, flautist, and the Solent Symphony Orchestra

Emme is the flute soloist in Reinecke’s Flute Concerto in D Major at the Solent Symphony Orchestra’s next concert on 9 March.

Read a review of that concert.

What are you looking most forward to when performing at this concert? 

I would have to say the experience of playing with such an amazing orchestra will be the highlight of this concert for me. The feeling of having all of that sound behind you is not something that as performers we get to experience often, so this is incredibly exciting for me.

Who and/or what have been the most important influences on your interest in music?

Having grown up around music, I have had  an interest in it from a very young age, so my family have definitely been one of my biggest influences. I also love the feeling of being able to get up on stage and convey a story to the audience with my flute playing.

What have been the greatest challenges of your musical career so far?

As I am currently studying for my GCSEs, fitting in practice around my academic studies can be challenging. However, I feel that playing my flute and composing always provides me with a way to relax.

Are there any composers for whom you feel a particular affinity?

As well as loving Reinecke’s music, I also enjoy the music of Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and Hans Zimmer. I think that the range of emotions that all of these composers are able to convey is so varied. I also have recently started to listen to a lot more jazz.

What are your most memorable experiences, either as a performer, composer or listener?

My most memorable experiences as a performer would have to include solo performances at the Oxford Flute Summer School, and performing in the National Children’s Orchestra as principal flute. Ensemble playing is something that is really important to me, as I feel that it helps me to become a more well-rounded musician (as well as it being great fun socially). 

What would you like to be doing in 5 years’ time?

Definitely something involving music. Hopefully being able to improve my flute playing as a soloist and in orchestras, as well as improving my composition skills.

About Emme

Emme Hensel received her ATCL flute diploma at the age of 13 and enjoys both solo and ensemble playing.

As a soloist, she has performed many recitals, most recently a solo recital at Romsey Abbey. Emme has performed in masterclasses and had lessons with Sir James Galway, Robert Winn, Kate Hill and Adam Walker, and more. In February this year, Emme came first in the Young Performer category for the British Flute Society competition, winning the William Bennett prize.

She will be performing Ibert’s Flute Concerto with Winchester Symphony Orchestra later this year. Emme also has a lot of ensemble experience in a range of genres.

Her orchestral experience includes being former principal flute of National Children’s Orchestra, principal flute of Hampshire County Youth Orchestra and performances with Wessex Sinfonietta.

Later this year, Emme is looking forward to performing with Nova Foresta Classical Players. She also plays piano for Hampshire County Youth Jazz Orchestra. Emme is very excited to be performing Reinecke’s Flute Concerto with Solent Symphony Orchestra.

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