Pandora’s Box

Emily White: alto & tenor sackbut, trombone, baroque violin, voice
Miguel Tantos Sevilliano: alto & tenor sackbut, trombone, voice
John Kenny: sackbut, alto, tenor & bass trombone, recorders, voice

Pandora’s Box is a trio of hidden delights, combining music of the late medieval and renaissance periods with contemporary composition, improvisation, poetry and physical theatre. Weaving a subtle tapestry of words and music, poetry of love and intrigue from the courts, pilgrim routes and cloisters of medieval and renaissance Europe to gritty modern sound worlds. Lift the lid and watch what flies out!

Music from the Chatilly Codex, Hildegard Von Bingen, Ortiz, Monteverdi, Benjamin Britten, John Kenny, Torbjorn Hultmark, Scott Lygate, Peter Cowdrey, Rchel Stott, Susumo Yoshida and many anonymous fellow travellers – exploring the world of folk music encountered along the way, as folk music is a life proof of the past living in the present. Inspired by the legion of anonymous poets, and by Petrarch, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Brian Nisbet and many more. Since 2015 they have also developed a unique soprano, alto tenor & bass trombone quartet with Swedish virtuoso soprano trombone layer Torbjorn Hultmark.

Pandora’s Box has performed throughout the UK and internationally, including the Edinburgh Festival, Galway Early Music Festival, Setubal Festival, Cumnock Tryst, and International Trobone Festival, California. The ensemble also features as recording artists on John Kenny’s sound track to TNT Theatre Co.’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

Emily White is professor of sackbut at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She also teaches trombone and sackbut at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Wells Cathedral School and Co-Directs the Huntly Summer School which she founded in 2010. She was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in the 2016 honours and became an affiliated solo artist to Conn-Selmer in the same year. As a member of The English Cornette and Sackbut Ensemble she has has scooped two Gramophone award winners and a Diapason D’Or in their extensive discography. ECSE play internationally, performed their BBC Proms debut in 2013, and are especially known for their collaboration with voices such as I Fagiolini in The Striggio Mass in 40 Parts and Alamire in The Spy’s Choirbook – voted Best Classical CD of 2014 in The Times, and winner of the Gramophone Early Music Award.

Emily also plays baroque violin and is in the ground breaking ensemble In Echo as a sackbut and violin player. They closed the 2016 York Early Music Festival and their debut CD has been recorded in 2017 with Delphian label, featuring a new commission by Andrew Keeling as well as early music.

Emily is a member of Pandora’s Box, the contemporary trio with John Kenny and Miguel Tantos-Sevillano who have given recitals across Spain, Portugal, Ireland and USA, were Artists in Residence at the 2016 Cumnock Tryst and are guest artists at the 2017 International Trombone Festival in California. She also plays trombone in Chaconne Brass, who focus on new music commissioned for them. Most recently they premiered their theatre piece commission The Farmyard Suite by Jacqueline Binns.

Emily studied trombone and violin at The Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Trinity Laban, and is very grateful for the inspiration and ideas she has received from teachers and colleagues alike. Emily enjoys daring and expressive music making, at both ends of the spectrum, from historical performance to utterly modern.

Pandora’s Box:              Sample Programme:

Emily White               Miguel Tantos Sevillano                          John Kenny

“When I do count the clock that tells the time…..”

Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury     Benjamin Britten                1913 – 1976

Realisation for three trombones

Alle Psallite                                         Anon                                          13th C

For three sackbuts

Fanfare for “Adam”                       Francis Chagrin                  1905 – 1972

For three trombones

O Ignee Spiritus                                Hildegard von Bingen     1098 – 1179

For alto & tenor sackbuts, baroque violin, voice

Three Poems of Bryan Nisbet                     Emily White       2011

For trombones, violin, voice and bicycle frame.

  • Dastardly Deed
  • Spring in an Unreal World
  • Dark Awakening
  • Rust

Three Bulgarian 16th Century chants   
Realisation for three alto sackbuts

  • Reche Mama Da Me Jeni
  • Ne Otvrati Litsa Tvoego
  • U Radini Gosti Doshli

Pandora’s Treasure No 1: 
Improvisation on Shakespeare Sonnet  No 12

« When I do count the clock that tell s the time…. »

Alma Corte s’e bella                        Giovanni Gabrieli             1554 – 1612

Recorder, violin & sackbut

Scylla and Charybdis                                       Rachel Stott                     2012

For baroque violin, 2 sackbuts and narration

Three Songs from the Chantilly Codex,  for 3 sackbuts            14th C.

  • Dieux Gart                                                                          Guido
  • La Harpe de Melodie                                                    Jacob de Senleches
  • Belle, bon, sage,                                                               Baude Cordier

Equale pour trois trombones                                 Susumu Yoshida     2011

When time stood still – a lament for victims of the Fukashima disaster.

Pandora’s Treasure No 2 :
Improvisation on « The Horologists Trade Fair »

« Un tick untock,
            Un think unthought.
                    Into a miasma of blue.
                                  The madelaine remains mundane
                                                   Ca c’est pourquoi le temps reste perdu. »