At an ‘old boys’ event at Aldenham School in 2003 Father Joe mentioned in conversation with his old History teacher that he was Vicar of a church in Fulham in south west London, looking for an assistant organist. As it happened this teacher knew of someone looking for an organist position closer to where she lived. So in January 2004 Emma Howarth, said teacher’s daughter, began as Assistant Organist at All Saints Church Fulham.
It might never have happened for Emma’s organ playing got off to a slow start. She started playing the piano at the age of 3 and by the age of 11, with the encouragement of her mother, developed an interest in learning the organ. The only problem was her legs were too short to reach the foot pedals!
It wasn’t until she turned 15 that she was finally tall enough to begin learning. Her natural musicality meant that she picked it up very quickly and just three years later she became the first female organ scholar at Balliol College, Oxford.
When not playing the organ at All Saints Fulham, Emma works in advertising, is a Governor at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School, and is mother of 2 lively children.
Not only does Emma play the organ, but she occasionally conducts and is a pitch perfect alto. We are blessed to have such a talented musician as part of our music team.