Emily hails from Portsmouth but has lived in Yorkshire since starting her BA in Music at the University of York. She graduated with first-class honours in 2007, having spent an enjoyable three years nurturing interests in composition (with Thomas Simaku), Javanese gamelan (with Neil Sorrell) and medieval music (with Nicky Losseff). She subsequently returned to the University to study with Bruce Cole for an MA in Community Music, for which she was awarded a Distinction in 2010. Emily is still involved in academic life at York, working as the Director of Gamelan Sekar Petak and as a tutor on the MA and BA Community Music programmes. She is also a visiting lecturer for York St John University and Director of the University of Leeds Golden Thread Gamelan Ensemble.
As a composer, Emily's work is shaped by her passion for collaboration - with amateurs and professionals, across genres, and with other art forms. She is interested in the theatricality of music and has developed scores for dramatic productions, as well as composing works that are inherently theatrical in their own right. She is also interested in the musicality of words, creating performance poetry and responding to text commissions from fellow composers, including Judith Ring, David Bremner and Peter Moran. Her compositions have received performances across the UK and internationally, at the National Concert Hall Dublin and as part of Gaudeamus Muziekweek. She has recently been commissioned through the BBC Performing Arts Fund and as part of Hull City of Culture 2017, and has spent several years in residence with multi-arts performance ensemble Engine Room Theatre. In 2010, Emily was one of six composers selected to take part in Adopt A Composer (run by Sound and Music, PRS Foundation and Making Music, in association with BBC Radio 3) and in 2018 she was delighted to return to the scheme as a Mentor.
Emily is an experienced educator and community musician, interested in inclusive and facilitative approaches to music-making. She spent 8 years looking after the Learning & Participation programme of the National Centre for Early Music and, as a freelancer, has delivered projects for clients including Hallé, National Concert Hall Dublin, Jessie’s Fund and Castaway Accessible Music Theatre. She is currently leading on Yorkshire-based youth gamelan programme The Sound of Bronze and continues to run the Northern Gamelan Network, which she founded in 2015. She also delivers gamelan courses for Converge York and Good Vibrations, working with adults with mental health conditions and people living in criminal justice settings.