A Sailor Went to Sea Sea Sea Nominated for Prix Europa

Delighted that A Sailor Went to Sea Sea Sea, our BBC Radio 4 documentary about the mysterious migration of children’t clapping games, has been nominated for a Prix Europa in the Music Programme category.

Honoured to present, score and write an original song for this unique and innovative documentary, and to work alongside producer Claire Crofton for Boom Shakalaka.

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First Love 10th Anniversary Vinyl + Tour

It’s been ten years since my debut album, First Love, was released. I have managed to convince the record company (me) to reissue it on vinyl for the first time.

I’ll also be performing the album in full on a UK tour in May/ June, with support from special guest Bishi for the entire tour, and Bishi + Stats + guest players in London.


28 - Sheffield Leadmill 

29 - Newcastle Cluny 

30 - Glasgow King Tut's Wah Wah Hut 

31 - Birmingham The Cuban Embassy 

2 - Leeds The Wardrobe 

3 - Liverpool Phase One 

4 - Manchester Deaf Institute 

5 - Bristol The Fleece 

7 - London Union Chapel 



再來的愛 EP Out Now

Emmy the Great’s 再來的愛 EP released December 10 2018, on all digital channels on Plumeria.

In 2016, after her third album Second Love was released, Emmy the Great (Emma-Lee Moss) began using music to explore her identity as a British-Chinese woman. She began translating her songs into Cantonese, her mother-tongue, and Mandarin. 再來的愛 collects some of the fruits of this exploration, including the song Constantly (不斷地), which was released in both English and Mandarin in 2017.

Emmy says, “The work that started with these songs took me on an incredible journey, and helped me come to terms with who I was. Singing them live was a cathartic experience, that brought me closer to audience members who might have similar stories.”


Emmy the Great’s 再來的愛 EP 由Plumeria發行.

Emmy the Great, 莫皚明的創作専輯 ”再來的愛 Second Love“ 在2016年推出。這次,她開始用音樂去探索作為一個英中混合女性的身份。把歌曲翻譯為粤語和國語。”再來的愛“蒐集了一些她探索的成果,包括在2017年推出的英語和國語版的 "不斷地 Constantly”.

Emmy 這些歌曲帶領我走上一段不可思議的旅程。並幫助我接受我的身份。現場演唱給我一個解放及動人的體驗。演唱會後,結識了新朋友, 聽了他們類似的故事


Migrant Workers - Seen & Heard (by Mona Chalabi & Emmy the Great)

How do you make data visualisations that are accessible to the sight impaired?

I got to collaborate on a piece exploring this question with the best person, Mona Chalabi, on a project for SPARK Festival at Hong Kong’s Tai Kwun museum.

Mona’s work as a data illustrator has led her on a mission to make her work as accessible as humanly possible. I joined the project as sound artist, and we used data regarding a community that is close to my heart - Hong Kong’s domestic workers.

The installation showed at Hong Kong’s Tai Kwun museum as part of British Council’s SPARK Festival: The Science of Creativity

The festival dealt with the intersection between creativity and ideas. We wanted our piece to celebrate the domestic worker community, who are consistently the most creative people in Hong Kong.

On the final day of the installation, Mona led a workshop with sight and hearing impaired Hong Kong artists, organised by ADA HK.


A Sailor Went to Sea Sea Sea - Listen Now

You can now listen to A Sailor Went to Sea Sea Sea on BBC Radio 4’s website.

I had an amazing time presenting this documentary about playground clapping games, and the mysterious journey of these rhythms around the world. I interviewed kids at my old primary school in Hong Kong, and the adults who work with sound archives of games and rhythms from Iceland to Hackney.

I also got to score the programme and write an end song based on our discoveries. I’m so happy about it.

Produced by Claire Crofton for Boom Shakalaka Productions


Pride & Prejudice Tickets are Super On Sale

Me + my new boyfriend 

Me + my new boyfriend 

Research and development workshops for Sara Pascoe's Pride & Prejudice took place last month at Nottingham Playhouse, and I'm pleased to say that it's going to be amazing, and tickets are now on sale.

Please do come, if only because I finally fulfilled my dream of writing a song about 19th century inheritance laws. Also, it's really funny.

Pride & Prejudice is written by Sara Pascoe, directed by Susannah Tresilian, with costumes and sets by Carla Goodman. I think I speak for everyone when I say we are thrilled to be collaborating with best-selling author and literary celeb Jane Austen.

You can also join the Playhouse's Longbourn Lending Library book club on their Instagram, and enjoy some of the books we've been reading as we work on the play.


Living Room Gigs (Saying Sod This! to Homelessness)

I am so proud to be a part of Sod This! For a Laugh, the campaign benefitting homeless charities across the UK, founded by Susannah Tresilian.

Sod This! was founded in honour of Susannah's friend Paddy, who died of exposure on New Year's Eve, 2016. You can read more about their friendship, and how his death galvanised her into action on the Guardian. To date, two events in London and Manchester have raised £6500 for local charities.

As part of the campaign, I auctioned a living room gig on eBay, which was bought by the lovely people at Siren Music in Soho. The gig took place on a sweltering June day in their office. I couldn't have asked for more welcoming hosts, a better atmosphere, or more pizza. 100% of the proceeds went to Streetlink.

The next Sod This! living room gig will take place in August at a private residence in Hackney, with the money going to Manchester's Booth Centre and Coffee 4 Craig.

Please keep your eyes peeled next summer for opportunities to purchase one of these shows! More information on Sod This! For a Laugh can be found here.


I spoke about rediscovering my Chinese roots and singing in my mother tongue at TED x NYC, in a night called 'Rebirth' curated by my favourite writer, Jon Ronson. It was a privilege to be there and share a stage with four amazing speakers, Mona Chalabi, Ariel Leve, Amy Green and Megan Phelps. 

Their words gave me better tools to live in this world. Previously all I had were emojis!  



Pride & Prejudice coming September 2017

I am so happy to be composing the music for a new production of Pride and Prejudice, adapted by Sara Pascoe and directed by Susannah Tresilian.

Opens September 2017 at Nottingham Playhouse and York Theatre Royal.

"The most famous love story our country has ever produced, yet the women don’t work, the servants don’t speak, and who cares how filthy rich Mr Darcy is when he is so arrogant and RUDE?

Georgian England was a world where men had property whilst women had smelling salts and piano lessons. Lucky them.

Elizabeth Bennet is witty and clever, has terrible manners and muddy shoes. But with no independence, is her ending actually happy? Or have we been distracted by Colin Firth and frilly shirts?

If you’ve always heard people saying “Austen is so funny” and you never got it – you will now!

In a brand new comic adaptation by stand-up comedian Sara Pascoe with an original score from Emmy the Great and directed by Susannah Tresilian (Posh) prepare yourself for a playful, truthful and occasionally disrespectful* take on this brilliant novel.

*Don’t be uptight about it, it’s what she would have done."


I’m going touring in the EU this spring 

Dates and tickets below…


20         PARIS, FRANCE   Pop Up Du Label | tickets

22          GENT, BELGIUM  Trefpunt | tickets

23          AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS   De Roode Biscoop | tickets

24          COLOGNE, GERMANY   Theatre WG| tickets

26          HAMBURG, GERMANY  Haken | tickets

27          COPENHAGEN, DENMARK  Ideal Bar | tickets

28          BERLIN, GERMANY  Auster Bar  | tickets

30          FRANKFURT, GERMANY Zoom Club | tickets on door

31           LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND Bleu Lezard | no ticket info yet


1               VARESE, ITALY Twiggy | tickets

2               CARPI (MO), ITALY  Mattatoio | tickets