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Composer in Residence - Emma-Ruth Richards

Emma-Ruth's music has been commissioned and performed by Opera North, London Philharmonia, London Sinfonietta, BBC NOW Chamber Players, Håkan Hardenberger, Colin Currie, Nicholas Daniel, Paul Silverthorne, The Rhodes Piano Trio, Ebor Singers, Navarra Quartet, Dudok Quartet, Ligeti Quartet, Aurora Percussion Duo, HM Royal Marines Windband, Camerata Pacifica, Manchester Camerata, and The Absolution Saxophone Quartet amongst others. Her music has been performed all over the UK as well in Europe, Hong Kong, New York, Pennsylvania and Florida. She is a Royal Northern Gold Medal composer and has featured in festivals including Music of Today 2009, James MacMillan 2009, RNCM Chamberfest 2011, Sounds New Canterbury 2010, HCMF 2011, Queen’s Belfast 2012, North West 2012, St. Magnus 2012, IC Hong Kong 2012, Internationaal Kamermuziekfestival Den Haag 2012, Banff 2012 and Aldeburgh 2013 and 2014. Emma-Ruth is a member of the LSO's composer soundhub; the composer in residence with Milton Keynes City Orchestra and London Arte Chamber Orchestra; a co-director of Collectives and Curiosities; and a member of the Chetham’s International Summer School Faculty.


Emma-Ruth has studied privately with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, HK Gruber, Judith Weir, Arlene Sierra and Pavel Novak and in seminars and workshops with Pierre Boulez, Henri Dutilleux, Simon Bainbridge, Julian Anderson, James MacMillan, Frederic Rzewski, Howard Skempton and in the Cardiff BBC Studios with Michael Berkley and Jac Van Steen; she is currently completing her PhD at the RNCM studying privately with Alexander Goehr