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.
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.
She has written for the London Sinfonietta, LSO, BBC NOW, the Brodsky Quartet, Opera North, LCO, Hungarian Radio Choir, Aldeburgh Music, Streetwise Opera, Lady Maisery, Allan Clayton, Olivia Chaney. Her music is frequently broadcast on BBC Radio 2,3,4 and 6Music.
Emily has written 5 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, 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 toured extensively in 2015/16 and released as an album by Bedroom Community. Her fourth, "Found and Lost"(2016), is a site-specific opera installation created for the Corinthia Hotel, London, on a month long residency living in a luxury 5 star hotel. Her 5th, is a mini 10 minute opera for children to perform commissioned by Mahogany Opera and part of Hull New Music Biennial 2017.
She has written a trilogy of song cycles with the author Toby Litt, about unrequited love ("Befalling"), motherhood ("Life Cycle") and death ("Rest"). In 2017 Brice Dessner commissioned a large scale work with Enda Walsh for soprano, choir and ensemble, called “Out Into”.
"Emily Hall's restless modernity mixes classical precision with an ear for folk and electronics."
MOJO (June 2015)