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ABC Books, 2014 - Travel writing - 284 pages
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Irreverent, immensely popular, funny and charismatic, Emma Ayres is the darling of ABC Classic FM. Listeners nationwide wake up to her honeyed tones delivering fresh perspectives on timeless classics, introducing listeners to new composers, and telling tales about her BMW motorbike and her love of exotic travel. She is lauded as an entertainer and musical expert, who is keen to break down the barriers surrounding classical music. In 1999 Emma cycled - yes, cycled - from England to Hong Kong, with a only a small violin for company. ln Cadence, Emma tells this story and reveals a life filled with adventure, contrast, unpredictable events and, always, music. From learning violin in small-town England to performing in one of the greatest musical and historical events of the 20th century; from poverty-stricken student days in dank London to studying with maestros in Cold War West Berlin; and whether cycling one of the world's greatest deserts with only Elgar for company to playing in the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Emma Ayres' life has always been about the music. The events of her life are interwoven with specific pieces that have great meaning for her: Bach's Brandenburg Concertos is the soundtrack to a teenage Emma falling head over heels in love; Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings plays as she negotiates the often treacherous world of music college; Astrid Gilberto as she tries to repair a dysfunctional relationship with her mother; and Peter Sculthorpe as she finally comes to a place that feels like home - Australia. Part memoir, part musical journal and part travelogue, Cadence explores the life of one of the ABC's best-loved personalities

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After having done a long distance ride myself last year of 3,800K, I can totally appreciate the scale of this trip at 16,000 kilometres. Cycling on your own from England to Hong Kong is not for the ... Read full review

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Emma Ayres is the darling of ABC Classic FM Breakfast. This classically trained musician was for many years a violinist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. A seminal moment came when Emma was cycling from Shropshire in England to Hong Kong for charity. The nine-month solo trip allowed for a lot of thinking-time and led Emma to decide two things: learn the cello, and try her hand at radio. She moved to Australia and joined Classic FM in 2004. She also teaches cello.

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