She began her flute studies as a junior at the Royal College of Music with Margaret Ogonovsky and then went on to study with William Bennett at the Royal Academy of Music and with Alain Marion in Paris. In 2002 Emily was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.
Equally at home in front of the orchestra as in its midst, Emily has performed as concerto soloist with, amongst others, The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, the major BBC Orchestras, NHK Symphony, the Vienna, Prague, Netherlands and English Chamber Orchestras and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.
As a chamber musician she works regularly with her sister, the harpist, Catherine Beynon and the pianist Andrew West, and has made guest appearances with the Nash Ensemble, Skampa Quartet, Steven Isserlis, Dame Felicity Lott, Jean-Yves Tibaudet, the Kungsbacka Trio and Brodsky Quartet.
An enthusiastic protagonist of new music, Emily has had many new works written for her, by some of the UK's leading composers: Sally Beamish, Jonathan Dove, John Woolrich and most recently a BBC commission by Errollyn Wallen called "All the Blues I see" written for and premiered by Emily and the Brodsky Quartet.
Also a passionate and dedicated teacher, Emily is frequently asked to give masterclasses all over the world and in 2009, together with Suzanne Wolff, established the Netherlands Flute Academy.