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 broadcast on BBC Radio 2,3,4 and 6Music.
Much to her surprise, Emily has written 4 operas.
Her first opera, "Sante"(2006), produced by Aldeburgh Music, was described by The Times as "a dynamic new opera worth everyone's time and hopes”. Her second was a film-opera, "The Nightingale and the Rose"(2010), written for Streetwise Opera and created with filmmaker Gaelle Denis. Her third opera “Folie a Deux”(2015), is a concept album/opera, written with Icelandic author Sjon for singers Sofia Jernberg and Allan Clayton and produced by Mahogany Opera and released by Bedroom Community. And her fourth, "Found and Lost"(2016), a site-specific opera installation created for the Corinthia Hotel, London. She has written a trilogy of song cycles with the author Toby Litt, about first love ("Befalling"), motherhood ("Life Cycle") and death ("Rest").
Emily Hall is a member of Bedroom Community, the icelandic record label comprising 11 different diverse but like-minded musicians from across the globe.
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 and in 2015 the Corinthia AIR.
"Emily Hall's restless modernity mixes classical precision with an ear for folk and electronics."
MOJO (June 2015)