Pembrokeshire Women 4: Emma Leeke

When Emma Leeke’s parents discovered Emma playing tunes on her xylophone at a young age, they enrolled her in piano lessons and she has been playing the instrument ever since.

Emma studied classical music in her early years but her true passion lay in modern music, and at the age of 18 she went to London to study at the London Centre of Contemporary Music.

After finishing her studies, she joined a band and performed on board cruise ships for three years, travelling all over the world. This is where she met her partner, Craig, a drummer and singer. Since returning to life on land and setting down roots in Emma’s home county of Pembrokeshire, they have been playing in various bands together and writing music – much of it Christmas themed. 

Emma and vocalist Sequoia met at an open mic night that they used to frequent regularly before the pandemic hit. They instantly clicked, having much in common, and love performing music together.

A lover of music, singing and dancing, Sequoia is currently writing a book about the power of thought.

Nigel Summerley

Nigel Summerley retired from The Oldie magazine to return to freelance journalism. He previously held executive staff jobs at the London Evening Standard, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Express before freelancing for 20 years for newspapers including The Times, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Guardian and the ‘i’ paper, plus a wide range of magazines. He continues to write about music, travel and health, and blogs at

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