Emily Howard

Visiting Researcher

Composer Emily Howard is a Visiting Researcher at the University of Oxford’s e-Research Centre.

Emily’s music first came to critical attention with Magnetite, commissioned by Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008 for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko. Her works are commissioned, performed and broadcast internationally by festivals and ensembles including the BBC Proms, Wien Modern, the London Symphony Orchestra and Bamberger Symphoniker. Recent projects include mini-opera Zátopek! (London Cultural Olympiad), and orchestral works Calculus of the Nervous System (CBSO / Andris Nelsons) and Axon (BBC Philharmonic / Juanjo Mena). Dramatic vocal work Ada sketches has received performances at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre and more recently at the Science Museum, London, the Oxford Mathematical Institute (Ada Lovelace Symposium 2015) and the EuroScience Open Forum, Manchester 2016. She has received awards including the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Composers (2008) and a British Composer Award (2012).

Emily studied mathematics and computer science as an undergraduate at Lincoln College, Oxford University followed by composition at the Royal Northern College of Music (MMus) and at the University of Manchester (PhD). Her compositions embrace a diverse range of extra-musical influences including mathematics, science, philosophy, poetry, sport and chess, often simultaneously. It is the resulting collision and union of disparate ideas from diverse sources that interests her, and the subsequent translation of these hybrid ideas into sound is the essentially the crux of her creative process.

In 2010 Emily became UBS Composer in Residence in conjunction with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Bridge Academy, Hackney, and in 2015 she was Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence at the University of Liverpool's Department of Mathematical Sciences. She is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Faculty of Sciences and Engineering, University of Liverpool and a Senior Lecturer in Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music. Her music is available on several labels including Col Legno, Toccata Classics and NMC Recordings.


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