18 October 2023

Nomination for Elliptics | The Ivors Classical Awards 2023

Elliptics (2022), for soprano, countertenor and orchestra, has been nominated for an Ivor Novello Award for Best Orchestral Composition.
Read more about Elliptics here

The Ivors Classical Awards 2023 Nomination Announcement

29th September 2023

Emily Howard: The Anvil | Delphian - New Release

‘The Anvil’, Emily Howard’s portrait album is released on Delphian on 29th September 2023. Featuring two large-scale works for voices and orchestra with text by Michael Symmons Roberts: The Anvil (2019) and Elliptics (2022).

29th September 2023

Zubin Kanga: Cyborg Pianist | NMC Recordings New Release featuring DEVIANCE

Emily Howard’s DEVIANCE (2023), a work for piano and multimedia, features on this double-disc release “by a cohort of exciting British composers […] a new wave of experimentalism” Gramophone

28th April 2023

Emily Howard: Torus | NMC Recordings New Release

‘Torus’, Emily Howard’s new portrait album is released on NMC Recordings on 28th April 2023.

Four geometry-inspired works: Torus, sphere, Antisphere & Compass performed by an all-star line up of BBC Orchestras and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

19th April 2023

Fenella Humphreys: Caprices wins BBC Music Magazine Premiere Award 2023

Caprices (Rubicon, March 2022) an album for solo violin brilliantly conceived and performed by Fenella Humphreys has won the Premiere Award of the coveted BBC Music Magazine Awards 2023.
It features Emily Howard’s ‘lockdown’, a micro-variation on Paganini’s Caprice No. 24, one of 19 premieres on the album!

14th November 2022

Four Musical Proofs and a Conjecture | Piatti Quartet

RiSM shares short films of Emily Howard and Marcus du Sautoy introducing the five movements of string quartet Four Musical Proofs and a Conjecture, alongside recordings made by the Piatti Quartet.

8th October - 6th November 2022

ANU The Wernicke’s Area | Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)

An exhibition exploring the experience of epilepsy, The Wernicke’s Area fuses elements of installation with sound design and live music composition. With Rosie Middleton (mezzo soprano), Stephen Upshaw (viola), Bofan Ma (sound design), Emily Howard (composer), Mark Cunningham (neurophysiologist) and Owen Boss (visual artist). The work was featured in The Irish Times, New York Times and on Culture File – RTÉ lyric FM.

Irish Times
New York Times

3rd November 2020

The Anvil nominated for an Ivor Novello Award

Emily is delighted that The Anvil, a 40’ work for choirs and orchestra exploring the universal longing for suffrage, has been nominated for an Ivor Novello Award. Emily worked with poet Michael Symmons Roberts to create The Anvil, commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and Manchester International Festival 2019.

Listen to the world premiere recording

2nd October 2020

Orchestral Geometries

PRiSM shares recordings of three Orchestral Geometries – Torus (2016), sphere (2017) and Antisphere (2019) along with Emily’s blog post about the creating the series.

3rd July 2020

BBC Proms 2020 – Archive Broadcast of Emily Howard’s Torus

On 27th August 2020, BBC Radio 3 will broadcast the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Vasily Petrenko’s 2016 BBC Prom where they performed Rachmaninov, Shostakovich and Emily Howard.

3rd July 2020

NMC Listening Club #1 – Emily Howard ‘Magnetite’

Composer Emily Howard is joined by pianist Alexandra Dariescu and mathematician Marcus du Sautoy to take a deep dive into Emily Howard’s debut album ‘Magnetite’, released on NMC in 2016.

5th June 2020

PRiSM Blog | Imagining the Analytical Engine | The Creative Process

Watch Emily Howard in conversation with Andrew McGregor about the creative process for Ada Lovelace-inspired works Ada sketches (2011) and But then what are these numbers (2019).

1st May 2020

Edition Peters: Living Room Music 3 | Antisphere

Edition Peters feature Howard’s Antisphere, premiered by Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra.

2nd November 2019

OK computer: how Ada Lovelace is being brought to musical life

Read Emily Howard’s article about Ada Lovelace in The Guardian.

2nd November 2019

Listen to BBC 4 Front Row | Emily Howard in conversation about Ada Lovelace

Emily Howard speaks about Ada Lovelace and the concert Imagining the Analytical Engine she has curated as part of Barbican Life Rewired.

13th September 2019

Composing Antisphere

Composer Emily Howard details the inspiration and processes behind her piece Antisphere composed for the London Symphony Orchestra’s season opening concert of the 2019/20 season.

13th September 2019

Emily Howard, a composer who counts | The Times

Feature Article by Richard Morrison, ahead of Antisphere world premiere.

30th August 2019

London Symphony Orchestra | An interview with Emily Howard

Ahead of the world premiere of Howard's new work Antisphere for Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO.

16th August 2019

The Anvil | Manchester International Festival | BBC Radio 3 Broadcast

Listen again to the world premiere performance of The Anvil: An Elegy for Peterloo given by Kate Royal, Christopher Purves, three Hallé Choirs, the BBC Singers and BBC Philharmonic conducted by Ben Gernon

9th July 2019

The Anvil | Manchester International Festival – a Peterloo elegy in which you can feel the shackles

★★★★ - The Times

“Howard’s ferocious skills … instrumental panache … confidence and muscle to carry off a blockbuster like this.”

26th June 2019

The Anvil | MIF19 Launch | Manchester International Festival

Composer Emily Howard with poet Michael Symmons Roberts on creating The Anvil

15th June 2019

'There’s a resonance with today – Peterloo is still with us'
Catherine Love | The Guardian

Manchester International Festival 2019: Composer Emily Howard, poet Michael Symmons Roberts and immersive theatre company ANU on MIF’s bicentennial Peterloo commemoration.

13th June 2019

PRiSM awarded prestigious Research England E3 funding

RNCM has been awarded £914,000 from Research England’s E3 fund to support its ground-breaking interdisciplinary research centre PRiSM, the RNCM Centre for Practice & Research in Science & Music, directed by Emily Howard.

7th March 2019

The Anvil at Manchester International Festival

Manchester International Festival has announced its 2019 programme, which includes the premiere of a major new work by Emily Howard, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre.

1st March 2019

Emily Howard signs to Edition Peters

Emily Howard is delighted to share the news that her back catalogue and future works will be published by Edition Peters.

22nd February 2019

Emily Howard’s music featured in Barbican’s Classical Music Season 2019-20

Howard’s works will be performed by BBC Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and London Symphony Orchestra and she will curate a day of music and talks inspired by the life and work of Ada Lovelace.

27th September 2018

New Work for Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra | Barbican | Life Rewired

The world premiere of a new Barbican-commissioned work by Emily Howard will open the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle’s 2019 season, part of the Barbican’s Life Rewired

27th September 2018

World premiere of Sinfonietta Short Outlier

Commissioned by the London Sinfonietta, Emily Howard’s new work for solo viola 'Outlier' was premiered by Paul Silverthorne.

12th July 2018

Emily Howard receives RNCM Professorship

Emily is honoured and delighted to hold a Personal Chair in Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music.

2nd July 2018

BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Mark Wigglesworth give UK premiere of sphere

Listen again on BBC Radio 3 to performances of orchestral works Magnetite and sphere from Aldeburgh Festival 2018.

19th June 2018

Talking Heads: Emily Howard | arcana

An interview with Ben Hogwood.

8th June 2018

The Invisible Opera |JDCMB

JDCMB guest blog by Emily Howard: Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

25th May 2018

To See The Invisible and the song of the outcast | The Financial Times

Emily Howard’s dystopian new opera opens this year’s Aldeburgh festival. She talks to Richard Fairman about Britten, maths and invisibility.

17th April 2018

Featured Composer | Aldeburgh Festival 2018

Emily’s featured music includes the world premiere of her opera To See the Invisible, performances of orchestral works Magnetite and sphere (UK premiere) and string quartet Afference.

21st October 2017

BBC Radio 3 Music Matters | PRiSM The Music of Proof

Emily Howard and Marcus du Sautoy in conversation with Sara Mohr-Pietsch about their new music and maths collaboration.

20th October 2017

Lord Mayor of Manchester launches new research centre PRiSM at the RNCM

Emily is Director of PRiSM, the new RNCM research centre for Practice & Research in Science & Music that brings together creative collaborations between the sciences and music.

14th July 2017

PRS Foundation Composers’ Fund Grant for new chamber opera To See The Invisible

Emily has received funding to complete her first full-scale chamber opera To See The Invisible, based on a short sci-fi story by Robert Silverberg, which will receive its world premiere at the Aldeburgh Festival 2018.

27th May 2017

TORCH Lecture | Digital Humanities Summer School 2017 | University of Oxford

Emily Howard will deliver the keynote TORCH lecture ‘Chaos or Chess: The Extra-Musical as Creative Catalyst’ at the Digital Humanities Oxford Summer School on 5 July 2017.

11th May 2017

The Music of Proof | Emily Howard & Marcus du Sautoy | New Scientist Live 2017

World premiere of a new work for string quartet: a poetic translation of mathematical ideas into sound. With the Piatti String Quartet at the New Scientist Live Festival, ExCeL, London

15th February 2017

The Way I Work: Emily Howard, Big Issue North

The Liverpool composer explains how the world’s most magnetic material, mathematical shapes – and doughnuts – are among her musical inspirations.

2nd December 2016

British Composer Showcase – Casa de Música, Portugal

Emily will be part of a British Council Composer Showcase at Casa de Música, Portugal, alongside composers Edmund Finnis, Daniel Kidane and Philip Venables in January 2017.

2nd October 2016

New Chamber Opera - Howard Dimitrijevic Ayling

Aldeburgh Music Residency Part 1 – September 2016

12 September 2016

Our critics’ proms highlights – what were yours?

The Guardian

“Emily Howard’s Torus … one of this year’s finest new works”

27 August 2016

Prom 53: Geometry, power and raw emotion in dazzling mix of styles from Petrenko and RLPO

★★★★ - Backtrack

"An accomplished and absorbing new work by a composer who is keen for us to hear the overall shape of the piece rather than become distracted by surface detail. This is a philosophy I like …"

26 August 2016

Prom 53: Stadler, RLPO, Petrenko – Ravishing night of Russian greats and young artists from the Liverpool Phil

The Arts Desk

"Howard's is a voice of undeniable poise and power"

26 August 2016

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic / Petrenko review – rich fascination with sonic qualities

★★★★ - The Guardian

"Listening to [Torus], what was immediately apparent was Howard's easy command of large-scale orchestral writing … genuinely rewarding"

25 August 2016

Proms Extra: Composers in Conversation

BBC Radio 3

Listen again to Emily Howard ahead of the world premiere of her new work Torus, exploring her influences and inspirations, with live performances and discussion. With musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music.

25 August 2016

Prom 53: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Vasily Petrenko – Emily Howard, Shostakovich & Rachmaninov

BBC Radio 3

Listen again to Emily Howard’s Torus (Concerto for Orchestra), a BBC co-commission with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

21 August 2016

Emily Howard: Magnetite CD review – delicate, detailed and rigorous

★★★★ - The Observer

"Magnetite [is] a sumptuous, powerful piece … an engaging introduction to Howard’s music, expertly played"

20 August 2016

Summer Record Review: Proms Composer – Emily Howard

BBC Radio 3

With Andrew McGregor, including recordings of Magnetite, Cloud Chamber, Mesmerism, Sky and Water, Wild Clematis in Winter, Zátopek!, Threnos and Solar.

28 July 2016

How 6 female composers are pushing musical boundaries at this year’s Proms


At the heart of the Proms is new music from living composers, and this year women are leading the charge.

26 July 2016

Six of the best…Proms premieres you don’t want to miss

www.classical-music.com / The official website of BBC Music Magazine

The BBC Proms have a long tradition of commissioning and promoting new music, and this year is no exception. 15 new commissions, 14 world premieres, and over 30 new highlights…

21 July 2016

Emily discusses her new Proms commission Torus with mathematician Marcus du Sautoy

Emily has taken ideas about shape and structure for Torus (Concerto for Orchestra) from the world of mathematics. Hear Marcus du Sautoy discussing the torus as part of his BBC Radio 4 series ‘Five Shapes’ here.

18 July 2016

Top 10 Women @ Science in the City

Manchester Confidential

Science Late sees Emily Howard celebrate the life of the first computer programmer and pioneering mathematician Ada Lovelace with a performance of Ada sketches.

13 April 2016

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko at the BBC Proms 2016

Prom 53 includes the world premiere of Emily Howard’s Torus (Concerto for Orchestra) which is a BBC Proms and Liverpool Philharmonic 175th Anniversary commission