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Leeds Burlesque star sings for Symphony for Yorkshire
Em Brulee
Em Brulee is starring in the Symphony for Yorkshire

With just a matter of days to go before Yorkshire's new symphony is unveiled, one woman talks about her adventure from the auditions to the stage.

Emma Mason from Leeds was chosen to take part in a short musical film by local musicians, following open auditions and a competition to write the lyrics to a new Yorkshire anthem.

The full-length version of the Symphony will be played on BBC Radio Leeds, BBC Radio Sheffield, BBC Radio York and BBC Radio Humberside on Yorkshire Day, Sunday 1 August.

The film will be broadcast on BBC Look North on Monday 2 August.

Composer Benjamin Till has been the man in charge of finding musical talent, including dancers and performers.

The panel were on the look-out for soloists and others to play as part of a mass ensemble for a symphony in four movements, each three minutes, long to be accompanied by a film. Shooting took place across Yorkshire from industrial heartlands to beaches and rural beauty spots.

A Symphony for Yorkshire
Filming around Yorkshire's moors

With filming now complete, Emma, a burlesque singer, says she's looking forward to the big opening night.

She says: "I'm really excited I can't wait to hear the whole thing. I've never done anything on this scale or quite so unique. I've done gigs but, it feels lovely and I love what its about."

The premiere takes place on Wednesday 28 July, where Emma will perform alongside Ben at the special preview of A Symphony for Yorkshire at The Light, Leeds.

She says: "I have two hours to go through this movement. I'm excited and nervous at the same time. I'm planning to wear something dressy and extravagant."

Emma will be performing under her stage persona, Em Brulee, which she chose after her favourite dessert. She says her larger-than-life personality helped her secure a part.

She explains: "I think definitely how I looked gave me an advantage. The name is an exuberant presence. The way I dress is striking.

"I managed to get down for the last audition day. I sang At Last by Etta James. It seemed to go down quite well on the day. I was told I would be used in some capacity, and they got back in a couple of weeks."

Leeds born-and-bred she says she's a proper Yorkshire lass, and is proud to be a part of the project.

She says: "I love Leeds, it's my home. I love the concept and I think its so well done. I'm proud of being part of this."

The premiere for A Symphony for Yorkshire will be aired on BBC Look North and on the four local BBC radio stations across Yorkshire on Yorkshire Day, Sunday 1 August 2010.




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