The Composers’ Fund: Emily Howard
Emily Howard’s music is known for its particular connection with science. Her 2016 BBC Proms Commission Torus (Concerto for Orchestra) received wide critical acclaim, described by The Times as “visionary” and by The Guardian as “one of this year’s finest new works”. BBC Radio 3’s Record Review described her NMC Debut Disc Magnetite (Autumn 2016) as “a confident, major orchestral debut”, hailing its “scientific ideas brilliantly articulated”.
Magnetite (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Vasily Petrenko) commissioned by Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008, first won Howard critical acclaim the year she received the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Composers. Works include Solar (London Symphony Orchestra / Nicholas Collon, 2010); Calculus of the Nervous System (Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra / Sir James MacMillan; Wien Modern 2011 and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Andris Nelsons; BBC Proms 2012); Mesmerism (2011), commissioned for pianist Alexandra Dariescu, which won a 2012 British Composer Award; Axon (BBC Philharmonic / Juanjo Mena; 2013); Afference (Elias String Quartet, 2015); sphere (Bamberg Symphony Orchestra / Alondra de la Parra; 2017); and mini-operas Ada sketches (Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre, 2012) and Zátopek! (New Music 20×12, London Cultural Olympiad).
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