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I was told recently that I make things look so easy. I was really surprised as a lot of the time I feel like I am teetering on the edge! Looking back over the decade, it certainly wasn’t easy and I am now feeling much more myself. So, perhaps that is it…it looks easy because I found what I am meant to be doing.

I am asked a lot these days about what my ten year plan is and I usually say “I don’t know”…during the last decade, I did not know what was going to happen. I just knew, and have always known, that playing the piano is what I am meant to do. I have followed that throughout my life and it has led to some amazing places. During my 30s, I learnt more about saying no to things I didn’t really want to do, even if they fit in with playing the piano. The main one was holding a 9-5 job. It was not me, it turned me into someone I did not like but as an artist you often feel like you “have” to do something stable. It helps, I am not saying it doesn’t but for me it held me back in so many ways. Once I left, my world changed. I won my first major touring contract which then led to Emma Knights Productions being created!

If you had asked me ten years ago whether I wanted to own my own company, I would have said nope! In 2010, Emma Knights Productions was not a dream I had, nor was it something I had even thought of. By 2019, it had acheived so much and it is easy when you are so in it to forget that. I do try and plan out a bit more now but not to the point where if something exciting comes up I am so stuck in the plan.

So, here is a look at what happened in the last decade. I have thrown a few significant personal tidbits in as well because it is important to remember and make time for those life-changing unexpected life moments.

HIGHLIGHTS OF A DECADE 2010-2019

2010

  • William Creek visit with flight over Lake Eyre
  • Musically directed After the Beep
  • Started my 30s with a trip to the Seahorse Farm
  • In the orchestra for Curtains, Bat Boy, They’re Playing Our Song and more
  • Sightread with upsidedown pages
  • Music Director for 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee which won best musical (Adelaide Theatre Guide Awards)
  • Worked at Allans Music

2011

  • Became an aunty for the first time!
  • Store Manager for Allans Music
  • Resigned from Allans Music
  • Released Surrender To You (a song I wrote at WAAPA)
  • Worked for General Trader
  • Music Directed Buddy The Musical
  • Performed at the lighting of the Christmas Tree in Victoria Square with the Adelaide Philharmonic Choir
  • In the orchestra for Miss Siagon, Crazy for You, Leader of the Pack and more

2012

  • Became Roland the Robot with Opera Queensland’s Space Encounters for three months
  • Survived a 30km bike ride of the Clare Valley winery tour…just!
  • Played in the orchestra for Drowsy Chaperone, Chorus Line and more
  • Saw Lord of the Rings movie with the ASO performing the music live
  • Performed in the first ever Bailey Dolls show
  • Music Directed Camp Rock
  • Went on my first helicopter ride
  • Played stunt keyboard in the pit for Love Never Dies

Sometimes you have to be creative to be creative

HIGHLIGHTS OF A DECADE 2010-2019

2013

  • Was a bridesmaid for my best mates wedding
  • Music Directed Altar Boyz and How To Succeed In Business Withouy Trying
  • Played in orchestra for Little Women, Charlie Brown, Suessical, Phantom of the Opera and more
  • Wrote music for short film The Crane Wife and saw my name on the big screen for the first time
  • Wrote and performed my Christmas Pageant Song and performed it at the Credit Union Christmas Pageant
  • Participated in Matthew Robinsons’ New Musical Writers Workshop
  • Started Emma Knights Productions
  • First performances of Space Encounters and Floating Melodies
  • Started accompanying for Festival of Music

2014

  • Floating Melodies received a Bronze South Australian Tourism Award
  • Music Directed Xanadu and Hairspray
  • Floating Melodies featured on SA Life
  • Performed in Sing On Through Tomorrow, Legally Blonde, Soap!, Unbreak My Heart, Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf and more
  • Visited New Zealand and Hobbiton
  • Ate Fruchoc Hot Cross Buns for the first time
  • Created Haydn Seek, Lose Yourself
  • Co-produced Amahl and the Night Visitors
  • Floating Melodies in the Oz Asia Festival
  • Performed in Kim Spargo’s King of Flack in the Adelaide Cabaret Festival
  • Space Encounters performs in the Something on Saturday program and Out of The Square
  • Come Together Cabaret Band is formed
  • Pirates of Penzance first season run on boats
  • Shortlisted for the Telstra Young Business Woman Award

2015

  • Went on a tour of Tasmania with my favourite author Fiona McIntosh
  • Music Directed Flowerchildren and BIG
  • Performed in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat, Cats, Goodbye Girl and more
  • Worked on a historical show with Keith Conlon
  • Met Dame Lynley Dodd, writer of Hairy Maclary
  • Ran a Barn Dance and Aqua Beats
  • Floating Melodies received another Bronze Tourism Award
  • Ran a Back to the Future Event and saw WASO perform the soundtrack live to the movie
  • Discovered the Dragon Age video game
  • Created Tales of Adventure and performed it in Something on Saturday and Out of the Square
  • Adventure Rooms opened in Adelaide and we didn’t escape
My Sister & I

Money will come and go but experiences not only create a moment but that moment lives on in your memory, there for you to call on whenever you need it. Your experiences in working to earn money can also be filled with joy.

HIGHLIGHTS OF A DECADE 2010-2019

2016

  • My sister got married
  • Performed around the UK with the Bailey Dolls Christmas Show
  • Had a white Christmas in Rovaniemi
  • Went to Cuba on a music and dance tour
  • Created and ran The World Has Music for Carclew at WOMAdelaide
  • Played for shows Commedia De’larte, Singalong Ding Dong, Bailey Dolls, Triage, Have You Met Miss Jones, Smokey Joes Cafe, Big Fish, Wicked and more
  • Lost a very dear friend to suicide
  • Created A Day With Jane – an immersive Jane Austen event
  • Stood up for myself and quit a job that offered me a pay cut
  • Started accompanying for Sing Australia
  • Performed, infront of Scott Hicks, a ten minute Shine piano solo tribute to celebrate 10 years of the movie
  • Produced Oklahoma! on a farm with real horses
  • Was blown away by Harry Potter World
  • Floating Melodies received a Silver Tourism Award

2017

  • Was an invited accompanist to the International Congress of Vocal Teachers with Kim Spargo in Sweden
  • Curated and co-produced Adelaide Fringe venue LIVE on 5 at the Adelaide Oval
  • Sang with Peter Combe on the Adelaide Oval Roof Climb
  • Worked for Aussie Road Crew
  • Produced and music directed 35mm and Chicago
  • Performed in Two Dames, A Piano and A Whole Lot of Giggle Water and fell in love with my character
  • Created Half of Two show series
  • Created Swan Lake REMiXED with Impact Entertainment
  • Music Directed Elf
  • Performed in the band for shows Spring Awakening, Brief Encounters and more

2018 (1 of 2)

  • Wrote and performed The Piano Men one-woman cabaret in the Edinburgh Fringe
  • Attended Secret Cinema Presents Romeo & Juliet
  • Curated and produced Adelaide Fringe venue at the National Wine Centre and Woodville Town Hall
  • Created Murder & Music Mysteries
  • Floating Melodies was a part of the Adelaide Festival Centre’s French Festival and received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
  • Had to cancel production of Hair
  • Attended Ben Folds’ Paper Plane Tour and the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Walk of Fame Gala featuring Tim Minchin
  • Emma Knights Productions was a South Australian Tourism Award Finalist
  • Produced and music directed Anne of Green Gables

First off, my name has an s at the end...I am not sure why this is so hard! This young Emma has it well sorted though and a hut on the beach with fish tacos sounds amazing and very me!

HIGHLIGHTS OF A DECADE 2010-2019

2018 (2 of 2)

  • Met Nicholas Buc on my birthday after watching the ASO perform the live soundtrack to Star Wars
  • Celebrated 50 performances of Pirates of Penzance in pools, on boats, in supermarkets and touring to Keith to perform in a shearing shed!
  • Celebrated 100 cruises of Floating Melodies and 5 years of Emma Knights Productions
  • Produced Buffy Kills Edward (and toured it to Melbourne Fringe), Manchild and I Love You Because
  • Performed in shows The Holiday Inn, Stone Cold Sober, Side Show, Vicarious Cabaret, Two Dames, Chrysalis and more
  • Created Sconefest!
  • Significant business relationship ended
  • Went to Kangaroo Island for the first time

2019

  • Ran Floating Melodies: Love Is In The Air in a hot air balloon with Brigitte Renie
  • Produced The Sound of Music in an outdoor location (during the hottest week ever in Adelaide)
  • Ran a Strudel History Walk with Hahndorf Walking Tours and the cast of The Sound of Music
  • Was tagged so many times in a post in which a young Emma Knight wrote about what she would do when she turned 100
  • Was the accompanist for the Sing Australia National Gathering in Brisbane
  • Performed an original set for Jasmyn Birch’s Keys To The City
  • Performed in Phantom of the Forest, Sense & Sponteniety, My Grandpa Was A Drag Queen, Sequins, Songs & The Power of the 60s and more
  • Became a supermarket pianist
  • Performed with my sister at the Millicent Lights Up! event
  • Ran the first Floating Melodies with Adelaide Ocean Safari
  • Had to relocate numerous Fringe events in a short time
  • Performed for TiCSA’s Jazz & Gins at the Gaol event as well as SA Diary Awards and curated a program of all local SA original artists for the South Australian Tourism Awards
  • Was a clown in the National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant
  • Was an InDaily 40 Under 40 Award Winner as was nominated for a Community Award
  • Imported International artists to the Adelaide Fringe
  • Produced and toured FLOP Productions Buffy Kills Edward and Sex & The Musical to Adelaide and Melbourne Fringes
  • Had my first intern from Adelaide University
  • Ran Chocolate for Piano Lovers at Red Cacao in Stirling
  • Debuted The Piano Women in Edinburgh Fringe and was reviewed in the International Piano Magazine
  • Performed The Piano Men in Adelaide Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe, Adelaide Cabaret Fringe and Melbourne Cabaret Fringe Festivals

Thanks for reading and here’s to the next decade!

Emma Knights

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