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Emma-Ruth Richards

At the Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra we are honoured and excited to be working with acclaimed composer Emma-Ruth Richards, who will be advising us and helping to assess entries to our competition for emerging composers.  Emma-Ruth’s feedback will be invauable to the composer’s who are shortlisted for our workshop final.


Emma-Ruth is a composer much in demand in the UK and overseas, acclaimed for her understanding of both instrumental and vocal writing, earning her a role as a favourite among musicians and singers.  Praise for Emma-Ruth includes:

“Accomplished” – Sunday Times

“a composer of exceptional refinement and subtlety [with] a gift for writing deeply expressive pieces”, “lucid, impassioned and compelling” – Musical Opinion, Paul Conway

“Highly charged and simply beautiful” – Opera North, Bachtrack

Emma-Ruth has a highly succesful composing career.  In 2019 the Albany Piano Trio premiered Precious Art of Scars, commissioned by the Stoller Hall for International Women’s Day and was awarded the PRS Composer’s Fund to complete her opera ‘Traffick’, written with librettist Nicola Chalmers and commissioned and developed with the Nordland Teater, Norway, The Royal Opera House and Mahogany Opera.

She is currently working on a new orchestral song cycle for Lucy Schaufer commissioned by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the year continues with the premiere of a new cello duet for Classical Brit Award winner Guy Johnston and 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the premiere of Violated Blossoms (for cello and soprano) commissioned by Wild Plum Arts at the Cheltenham Festival, and the New York premiere of ‘Dark Radiance’ (solo cello) alongside the release of a new CD with Parma Recordings at Carnegie Hall.

To learn more about Emma-Ruth and her music go to: emmaruthrichards.com