Emma Dennis, the talented Yorkshire-based soprano singer, has died aged 43. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2011, fighting a long and courageous battle with the disease.
Born in Neath, South Wales, she developed an early interest in music and singing before entering into formal tuition at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
She worked hard to graduate with a distinction, along with a clutch of individual performance awards, including the title of Best Young Singer of the Year.
Following this, Ms Dennis also graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, winning a Royal Academy Bursary and sponsorship from Channel Four Wales.
In 2002, while in the middle of a very successful soloist career, she teamed up with the tenor Steven Goulden, moving to live with him in Howden, East Yorkshire.
This enabled them to tour the UK and abroad together, giving concerts which received great acclaim.
Despite being very busy with professional commitments, the couple were married on March 1, 2011, and always made time to perform concerts for the charity Music in Hospitals and also to raise funds for various cancer charities.
Ms Dennis commenced teaching in 2010, giving individual singing lessons to pupils at the Terrington Hall Preparatory School, near Castle Howard. Last year she also became a vocal tutor at Hull University.
She had a great gift and touched many people’s hearts with her music or by “just being Emma”.
She will be greatly missed by all her friends, pupils and supporters – but most of all by her husband Steven, her parents, in-laws and both families.
Ms Dennis’s family would like to thank the consultants, nursing staff, Macmillan Care and Oncology Health Centre teams at the Queen’s Centre for Oncology, Castle Hill Hospital, Cottingham.
Her funeral will be held on Thursday, July 4 at 1.30pm at Haltemprice Crematorium, Main Street, Willerby.
Donations may be made to Cancer Research UK.