The Composers’ Fund: Emma Ruth Richards
The activity will mainly consist of orchestrating the already complete short score of Traffick – a work about violence, desperation and loss, revealing the terrifying expansive underworld of the trafficking ‘profession’. During the project Emma will be working with mezzo-soprano and Artistic Director of Wild Plum Arts Lucy Schaufer; travelling to collaborate with her and receive career mentorship and vocal guidance. Alongside this Emma will be spending time with Gillian Moore, Ben Larpent and Andrew Burke (London Sinfonietta) resident at the Southbank Centre in the Purcell Room to critically assess her work as it progresses.
Emma-Ruth’s recent work includes Sciamachy for Britten Sinfonia, La douleur exquise (Musiques Nouvelles) and An English House for the London Sinfonietta. 2018 saw multiple performances by the Zelkova Quartet (Manchester), Camerata Pacifica (California) and James Turnball (Presteigne Festival). 2019 will see Parma Recordings CD release, the premiere of Dark Radiance at New York’s Carnegie Hall, the premiere of a new cello duet for Classical Brit Award winner Guy Johnston and the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and a Stoller Hall commission for the Albany Trio. Previously Emma-Ruth has been commissioned by Opera North, Philharmonia, Håkan Hardenberger, Colin Currie, Nicholas Daniel and Mahogany Opera.