Emily Hall

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Emily Hall
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Hall in 2016

Emily Hall (born 1978) is a composer of classical music, electronica and songs. Her music has been performed by the Duke Quartet, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Brodsky Quartet, the London Sinfonietta, and the Philharmonia; it has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and France Culture. Roxanna Panufnik said of her (and 21st century female classical composers in general): "Hip young things like Tansy Davies and Emily Hall will exert a great influence on the new music scene in the next ten years."[1]


Hall read music at the University of York then studied orchestration with Yan Maresz in Paris. She studied with Julian Anderson for her Masters in Composition at the Royal College of Music. She is a founding member of c3, the Camberwell Composers Collective.[2] Hall is a member of Bedroom Community, an Icelandic record label/collective. Her music is formed from close relationships with singers and writers and she seeks her own ways of using technology and live performance.[3] Hall has received the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists (2013), the Genesis Opera Prize (2006) and the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Award (2005).[2][3]

The world premiere of her opera Sante took place on Wednesday 24 May 2006, co-produced by Aldeburgh Productions and the London Sinfonietta, directed by Tim Supple.[4] It utilised African melody and rhythm.[5]

Her one-act opera Found and Lost premiered in January 2016 at the Corinthia Hotel in London.[6]

Folie à Deux (2015) is a collaboration with Icelandic writer and long-time Björk collaborator Sjón. It is conceived both as a concept album and an opera and utilises a newly created instrument called the electro-magnetic harp which uses vibrating magnets.[7]


Vocal music[edit]

  • Befalling (song cycle): 20 minutes. Commissioned by Faster than Sound. First performance: Robert Murray and Malcom Martineau, June 2007, Aldeburgh Church
  • A Simple Neo-Georgian Summer setting of Toby Litt. Recorded by NMC
  • 5 new songs for Baritone: 20 minutes. First performance: Paul Carey Jones, September 2010, Grimsby St Hugh's Festival
  • Life Cycle (song cycle): 45 minutes. Commissioned by Opera North. First performance: Mara Carlyle, Oliver Coates and John Reid, March 2011, Southbank Centre
  • 3 new songs for Matt Sharp after Dichterliebe. First performance: Matthew Sharp, February 2012, Astor Theatre, Deal
  • Rest (song cycle): 45 minutes. First performance: Lady Maisery, June 2013, Hoxton Hall (Spitalfields Music Summer Festival)
  • The Bells of Aberdovey. Commissioned by the London Sinfonietta. First performance: London Sinfonietta, May 2015, Southbank Centre
  • We are passengers. Commissioned by Spitalfields Music. First performance: Women sing East, June 2015, Shoreditch Church (Spitalfields Music Summer Festival)


  • Sante: 70 minutes. First performance: Aldeburgh Productions/London Sinfonietta, May 2006, LSO St Luke's
  • The Nightingale and the Rose: 9 minutes. Commissioned by Streetwise Opera. First performance: December 2010, Shoreditch Church (Spitalfields Music Winter Festival)
  • Folie à Deux: 50 minutes. Commissioned by Mahogany Opera Group. First performance: March 2015, Bergen, Norway (Borealis Festival)
  • Found and Lost. Premiered in January and February 2016 at the Corinthia Hotel London, where Hall was artist in residence.[8]

String quartets[edit]

  • time back for time given: 5 minutes. First performance: Duke Quartet, June 2004, Cheltenham Music Festival
  • braid: 6 minutes. First performance: Brodsky Quartet, July 2007, Lichfield Cathedral (Lichfield Festival)
  • from listening to trees: 11 minutes. First performance: Barbirolli Quartet, October 2008, Haslemere


  • Plinth: 5.5 minutes. First performance: London Symphony Orchestra, November 2007, Barbican
  • Put Flesh On! (cello, electronics and orchestra): 12 minutes. First performance: London Contemporary Orchestra, Oliver Coates and Sound Intermedia, October 2008


  • Chatelet: 5 minutes. First performance: November 2003, Southbank Centre
  • no currency (piano): 6.5 minutes. First performance: Sarah Nichols, June 2006, Blue Elephant Theatre
  • Put Flesh On! (cello and electronics): 8 minutes. First performance: Oliver Coates, June 2008, Faster than Sound
  • Amnio (piano): 5 minutes. Commissioned by BBC Radio 3. First performance: Andrew Zolinsky, February 2009, BBC Radio 3
  • for zoe (cello): 5 minutes. First performance: Zoe Martlew, The Crypt Camberwell

Small chamber[edit]

  • join: (bassoon or cor anglais and piano or flute and harp): 6 minutes. First performance: c3, 2004
  • cry baby (2 electric guitars): 5 minutes. First performance: c3, November 2005
  • how we begin to remember (trumpet, accordion, double bass): 6 minutes. First performance: c3, November 2006
  • hotel twiga (percussion and accordion): 5 minutes. First performance: c3, November 2006
  • 26 horsepower (clarinet, viola, piano): 5 minutes. First performance: c3, November 2007

Large chamber[edit]

  • think about space: 5 minutes. First performance: London Sinfonietta, 2005
  • 26 Horsepower: 6.5 minutes. First performance: St Paul's Sinfonia, November, 2007



  1. ^ Shave, Nick (October 2009). "The Shape of Sounds to Come". BBC Music Magazine. Andrew Davies. 18 (1): 26–32.
  2. ^ a b Anon (2005). "Emily Hall Biography". Royal Philharmonic Society. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Hall, Emily | NMC Recordings". www.nmcrec.co.uk. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  4. ^ Anon (2006). "Emily Hall" (PDF). London Symphony Orchestra program notes. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 November 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  5. ^ Anon (1 March 2004). "Sante and Augustine - Presentation". genesisfoundation.org. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 22 October 2009.
  6. ^ John Lewis, "Found and Lost review – the scenery steals the scene", The Guardian, 28 January 2016, accessed 29 January 2016
  7. ^ "Folie à Deux, by Emily Hall". Emily Hall. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  8. ^ Richard Morrison, "It's not over till the fat lady checks out", The Times Arts pages, 29 January 2016, p. 13

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