Emma-Ruth Richards

Emma-Ruth Richards

Accomplished – Sunday Times

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

Highly charged and simply beautiful – Opera North, Backtrack

Emma-Ruth Richards 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.

Emma-Ruth’s recent work includes a new cello duet Until a Reservoir No Longer Remains commissioned by Guy Johnston and Sheku Kanneh-Mason, a solo aria ­Secure the Ghosts for the National Opera Studio, and a new string quartet Tenebris Litterarum (Dark Letters) for the Carducci Quartet at Presteigne Festival 2020. March 2020 saw the world premiere tour of Until a Reservoir No Longer Remains culminating with a final performance at the Southbank Centre as part of the International Chamber Music Series. The Sail of a Flame,commissioned by BBC Radio 3 for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and mezzo Lucy Schaufer, was premiered and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in January 2020. Other recent performances and commissioned work has included The Precious Art of Scars for the Albany Trio for International Women’s Day, Sciamachy for Britten Sinfonia, La douleur exquise (Musiques Nouvelles), and An English House for the London Sinfonietta. 2018/19 saw multiple performances by the Zelkova Quartet (Manchester), Camerata Pacifica (California) and James Turnball (Presteigne Festival), and the release of Moto Quarto CD featuring Dark Radiance (solo cello) for the American premiere at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

In 2019 Emma-Ruth was awarded the PRS Composer’s Fund to complete her opera ‘Traffick’, written with librettist Nicola Chalmers; ‘Traffick’ has been commissioned and developed with the Nordland Teater, Norway, The Royal Opera House and Mahogany Opera.  2017 saw the premieres of a new commission from London Sinfonietta, a new chamber orchestra piece for Britten Sinfonia premiered at the Barbican Centre, and Two Worlds CD release of ‘You Cannot Fold a Flood’. Previously, Emma-Ruth has been commissioned by London Sinfonietta, Opera North Orchestra, London Philharmonia, Håkan Hardenberger, Colin Currie, Nicholas Daniel, Mark Van de Wiel, Paul Silverthorne, Dudok Kwartet, BBC NOW Chamber Players, and The Absolution Saxophone Quartet amongst others. She is a Royal Northern Gold Medal composer and has featured in festivals including Cheltenham (2019), Presteigne (2018), Mahogany Opera’s Various Stages Festival (2017), York Spring Festival (2017), Mons Capital of Culture (2015), Southbank’s Changing Britain Festival (2015), Aldeburgh (2014), Sound Scotland (2013), Internationaal Kamermuziekfestival Den Haag (2012), St. Magnus Festival (2012), Sounds New Canterbury (2010), and Music of Today Southbank (2009).

Emma-Ruth read music at Cardiff University and then completed her PhD at the Royal Northern College of Music. She has since worked with composers such as Alexander Goehr, Oliver Knussen, Judith Weir, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, and Colin Matthews.

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