11 January 2016
Much of Emily Hall's music is formed from close creative relationships with singers and writers and finding her own ways of using technology and live performance.
Emily Hall studied composition at York University and the Royal College of Music, London. She has written for many different ensembles and orchestras including the London Sinfonietta, LSO, BBCNOW, the Brodsky Quartet, Opera North, LCO, Hungarian Radio Choir. Her music has been performed in diverse venues from Latitude Festival to the Cite de la Musque and broadcast on BBC Radio 2,3,4 and 6. Her first opera, "Sante", produced by Aldeburgh Music, was described by The Times as "a dynamic new opera worth everyone's time and hopes”.
Collaborations with Mara Carlye, Olivia Chaney, Lady Maisery, Oliver Coates, Mira Calix and David Sheppard took her out of the strictly classical sphere. She wrote a trilogy of song cycles with the author Toby Litt, about first love ("Befalling"), motherhood ("Life Cycle") and death ("Rest") and made a film-opera, "The Nightingale and the Rose", with filmmaker Gaelle Denis, written for Streetwise Opera. In 2015, she completed “Folie a Deux”, a concept album/opera, written with Icelandic author Sjón for singers Sofia Jernberg and Allan Clayton. She also used a specially made instrument, the electro-magnetic harp.
She was an associate artist at Spitalfileds Festival in summer 2015, and artist in residence 2015 at the Corinthia Hotel in London. Her concept album 'Folie a Deux' was released by Bedroom Community in July 2015.
In 2013, Emily Hall received the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists, in 2006 the Genesis Opera Prize and in 2005 the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Award.
Emily Hall (b 1978) lives in London.
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20 July 2015
Folie à Deux
Released on 20 July 2015
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