Sunday 10 November 2019, 7pm
Insiders/Outsiders - The Concert. A Celebration of Emigre Musicians from Nazi Europe in Britain

EE curates a concert at the New North London Synagogue as part of the Insiders-Outsiders Festival.

Click here for venue information and tickets.

Monday 15 July 2019, 11.30am1pm
Musica Judaica Conference, Oxford. Lecture by Norbert Meyn

Norbert Meyn will speak as part of the "Writing Jewish History through Music" session alongside Martha Stellmacher and David Conway at the Claron Institute Building.

Monday 3 June 2019
A Celebration of Egon Wellesz

This recital with Norbert Meyn, tenor, Ingrid Pearson, clarinet and Christopher Gould, piano will include the so far unpublished Stadler Lieder and music for clarinet and piano by Egon Wellesz as well as works by Ferdinand Rauter, Karl Rankl, Robert Kahn and Hans Gal.

Past Events

Kahn Berlin March 19

Monday 11 March 2019
Akademie der Künste Berlin - Robert Kahn concert

Ensemble Emigre presents a concert with vocal and instrumental chamber music by Robert Kahn (1865-1951), including excerpts from his Tagebuch in Tönen (musical diary consisting of 1160 pieces for piano) written mostly during his time as an emigre in Britain, 1939-1951.

Musical Migrants Lecture

Wednesday 6 February 2019, 12.302pm
Musical Migrants. Refugee Musicians from Nazi-Germany and Austria in Britain

Lecture Recital with Norbert Meyn at Kings College London

Tuesday 27 November 2018, 67.30pm
Love of Lieder 4/4

A study course with Norbert Meyn, Cathy Heller Jones and musicians from Ensemble Emigre, tracing Jewish connections and intercultural mobility in the art of Lieder. 

Tuesday 20 November 2018, 67.30pm
Love of Lieder 3/4

A study course with Norbert Meyn, Cathy Heller Jones and musicians from Ensemble Emigre, tracing Jewish connections and intercultural mobility in the art of Lieder. 

Tuesday 13 November 2018, 67.30pm
Love of Lieder 2/4

A study course with Norbert Meyn, Cathy Heller Jones and musicians from Ensemble Emigre, tracing Jewish connections and intercultural mobility in the art of Lieder. 

Tuesday 6 November 2018, 67.30pm
Love of Lieder 1/4

A study course with Norbert Meyn, Cathy Heller Jones and musicians from Ensemble Emigre, tracing Jewish connections and intercultural mobility in the art of Lieder. 

Tuesday 2 October 2018, 6.30pm

Ensemble Emigre contributes a musical performance with songs by Karl Rankl, Peter Gellhorn and Erwin Weiss to the opening of the exhibition NEWSTALGIA at the Austrian Cultural Forum London. Curated by Alina Ana Kolar, the exhibition questions common ways of commemoration and the people, things and events we remember, celebrate, mourn, memorialise, acknowledge and are mindful of. It features works by Catrin Bolt, Charlie Billingham, Club Fortuna, Eduard Freudmann, Guy Oliver, Kate Mackeson, Lara Verena Bellenghi, Markus Riedler, Elisabeth Molin, Omri Livne, Pau? Sochacki and ZOLLAMT and runs until December 7. The exhibition extends beyond the gallery space in a dedicated issue of the street publication Arts of the Working Class, which includes an article about "Engaging with Emigre Music in Britain" by Norbert Meyn.

Love of Song LJS 2018

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 3.23pm
Love of Song

In this second session we will explore the influence of Johannes Brahms and his circle, which included the violinist Joseph Joachim and the composer and pianist Robert Kahn, who eventually emigrated to Britain in 1939.  The programme will also feature music by Clara Schumann and émigré composer Hans Gal.

Book your place here.

Ensemble Emigre in Manchester

Saturday 23 June 2018, 6pm
Music behind Barbed Wire - Burgess Foundation Manchester

Part of a concert highlighting the history of the Warth Mills Internment camp in Bury near Manchester. To be held at the Anthony Burgess Foundation

San Antonio Recital 2018

Thursday 14 June 2018, 2pm
Lecture Recital, San Antonio, Texas

Norbert Meyn will present the work of the ensemble and his research at the Anglican Musicians Conference on June 14, 2018 at the Temple Beth El in San Antonio. Click here for the conference programme.

ACF May 2018

Wednesday 30 May 2018, 7pm
The Wayfarer

Ensemble Emigre presents a programme contemplating the wanderings of migrants, in particular following the Anschluss in Austria 80 years ago. The concert will include Mahler's Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen as well as music by Karl Rankl, Egon Wellesz and Alexander Zemlinski. Further details soon.

Wednesday 14 March 2018, 7pm
On the Record - Memories of the Anschluss 80 Years ago

Dorothea McEwen (Warburg Institute) presents video interviews with eyewitness accounts of the Anschluss 80 years ago. Musical interludes will be provided by Norbert Meyn and Lucy Colquhoun who will perform music by émigré composers from Austria and Germany living in Britain as well as a selection of German Lieder, popular in British émigré circles for providing a sense of identity and spiritual nourishment. Click here for further information.

Ensemble Emigre, Norfolk 2017

Monday 12 March 2018, 6.30pm
Film Premiere - Through Lotte's Lens. Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley, London

Come and hear Ensemble Emigre perform in this feature-length drama documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Tony Britten. It will also be broadcast on Sky Arts and various European Arts Channels. Book here.

Saturday 3 February 2018, 1.30pm
Bonhoeffer Day 2018

The ensemble will perform at the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Day 2018 at the Bonhoeffer Church in Sydenham, South London, celebrating the efforts by the well known German pastor to resist racism and suppression in Germany as well as his love for music.

Burgh House

Thursday 23 November 2017
Seiber, Rankl, Schubert and Brahms at Burgh House, London

Ensemble Emigre presents songs and chamber music at this event supporting the INSIDERS/OUTSIDERS initiative lead by Monica Bohm-Duchen, aiming to celebrate the cultural legacy of refugees from Nazi Europe and their contribution to British culture.

Lucy Colquhoun and Norbert Meyn

Tuesday 14 November 2017, 6.30pm
Vienna Recital

Norbert Meyn and Lucy Colquhoun present a programme of songs by emigres Erwin Weiss, Karl Rankl, Hans Gál as well as Franz Schubert and Hugo Wolf, by invitation of Kunstplatzl Vienna.

Ensemble Emigre, Norfolk 2017

Sunday 5 November 2017
Filming for Capriol Films

On November 5 and 6, 2017, the ensemble filmed a number of musical numbers (by Peter Gellhorn and Hans Gál) and scenes for "Through Lotte's Lens", a film about the cultural contribution of the Hitler-emigres to Britain, to be released in March 2018. Click here for further information.

Rankl project RCM

Sunday 22 October 2017
The English Songs of Karl Rankl

Austrian Cultural Forum London

A workshop and performance exploring the little known English songs written by Rankl during WW2 in Oxford. A Schönberg pupil and friend of Hanns Eisler, Rankl became the first music director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden after the war. With support from Zukunftsfonds Austria

Bristol Victoria Rooms

Tuesday 6 June 2017
Who is British Music - Bristol Recital

Victoria Rooms, University of Bristol

Recital in conjunction with the symposium Who is British Music, The Place of Immigrant Musicians in 20th-century Constructions of National Music History, convened by Florian Scheding

Ensemble Emigre Douglas

Wednesday 17 May 2017
The Barbed Lyre - Music from the Isle of Man

The Studio Theatre, Douglas, Isle of Man

Presented together with the Royal College of Music. Supported by Culture Vannin, Ilse of Man Arts Council and the Malcolm Scott Dickinson Trust. Further information will be made available soon.

Ensemble Emigre at Erin Arts Centre

Tuesday 16 May 2017
The Barbed Lyre - Music from the Isle of Man

Erin Arts Centre, Port Erin, Isle of Man

Presented together with the Royal College of Music. Supported by Culture Vannin, Ilse of Man Arts Council and the Malcolm Scott Dickinson Trust. Further information will be made available soon.

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Sunday 2 April 2017, 5.30pm
The Barbed Lyre - Leaves from the Isle of Man

This concert will feature music written in the internment camps for German and Austrian nationals on the Isle of Man in 1940, some of which has only come to light through recent research at the Royal College of Music. It will include excerpts from the bilingual comic revue “What a Life!” by Hans Gál as well as excerpts from the 'Ursonate' by the dadaist artist Kurt Schwitters who was also interned.

In addition, the concert will feature music connected to cultural life on the Isle of Man, celebrating its beautiful countryside and its legacy of popular entertainment for the sun-seeking seaside holiday-makers that used to occupy the very same boarding houses where the internees found themselves in 1940.

For further programme information click here.

Read an article about the project on the Deutsche Welle site.

Developed in collaboration with the Liberal Jewish Synagogue and the Royal College of Music.

Senate House

Wednesday 14 December 2016
Utopia and Dystopia

Chancellors Hall, Senate House London. A curated concert inspired by the exhibition Utopia and Dystopia at Senate House Library.  Tenor Norbert Meyn will lead his Ensemble EMIGRE in a concert of art songs especially selected to trace utopian visions of human relationships and society as well as the dystopian fallout from them, which is powerfully reflected in the experience of musicians who had to emigrate because of political convictions or persecution. 

The programme will include the Masonic Cantata K619 by Mozart, Schubert’s setting of Schiller’s Ode to Joy, politically inspired songs by Hanns Eisler as well as musical discoveries from the research and performance project Singing a Song in a Foreign Land at the Royal College of Music, which Norbert Meyn has been leading since 2012. 

The international record producer and acclaimed author of ‘Forbidden Music’ Michael Haas (University of Vienna) will lead through the programme. Tickets are free and can be booked here.

Europe House London, November 2016

Monday 21 November 2016
European Commission Representation London

Ensemble Émigré in collaboration with David Souden, Past Present. Music by composers who fled totalitarian regimes in the 20th century to find a new life in Britain. With Lucy Colquhoun, piano,  Rosanna Cooper, Mezzo-Soprano, Eunsley Park, violin and Norbert Meyn, tenor.


Thursday 13 October 2016
Austrian Centre Commemorative Concert

Celebrating the Importance of Music and Musicians in the Work of the Austrian Centre from 1939-1946. View event information here.


Thursday 16 June 2016
Austrian Cultural Forum – 60th Anniversary Programme

This new ensemble champions the compositions and stories of musicians who emigrated from Germany and Austria in the 1930s and 40s. It began as a research and performance project ‘Singing a Song in a Foreign Land’ at the Royal College of Music, led by Norbert Meyn. The concert celebrates the contribution of Austrian émigrés, especially musicians and composers to the ACF’s programme and the wider UK cultural landscape. The programme will feature vocal and instrumental music by Ernst Toch, Hans Gál, Robert Kahn and Peter Gellhorn as well as arrangements of Folk Songs by Ferdinand Rauter.


Sunday 24 January 2016, 5.30pm
Leaves from the Tree of Life — Blätter vom Baum des Lebens

The culmination of three days of Music at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue is be an extraordinary programme of words and music commemorating National Holocaust Memorial Day.

Join Norbert Meyn (tenor), Marianne Olyver and Nigel Yandell (violin/piano duo ‘Postcards from Europe’), Lucy Colqhoun, Cathy Heller Jones, and students from the Royal College of Music for a special evening of readings, music and song that weaves together the stories of suppressed composers in a theatrical libretto by artist, writer and academic, Joseph Kohlmaier.

The programme includes works by Gerhard Braun, Hans Gál, Robert Kahn, Karl Rankl, Viktor Ullmann, Alexander Zemlinsky and others, as well as a rare performance of all three ’spoken music’ pieces by Ernst Toch from a new edition of the scores by choreographer Christopher Caines.