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Emily Howard’s eagerly awaited UK premiere of her orchestral work, Calculus of the Nervous System, was a tremendous success at the BBC Proms on 21st August 2012. The piece was first premiered in Vienna by the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by James MacMillan. For the UK performance Andris Nelsons conducted the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Prom 51 has since received wonderful praise.

Emily’s composition was inspired by neural networks and memories; focusing on the working of the human mind, what might be imagined, what might be real and what it might be capable of. She explains that; ‘In Calculus memories occur and recur in different ways… as though being experienced in different states of consciousness’. Tim Ashley from The Guardian expanded on this after hearing Emily’s motivations and watching the performance; ‘One of Lovelace’s aims was the creation of a mathematical model that demonstrated how the brain gives rise to thoughts, and Howard, in response, scrutinises the nature of memory as tone clusters and percussive throbs shift in and out of focus’.

Alongside Emily’s piece, the CBSO also performed Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony and Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila overture; an amalgamation that Robert Hugill commented ‘was so diverse… each showed a different side of the orchestra’. ‘Gripping’ and ‘profoundly atmospheric’, Hugill described the result as a fascinating and tantalizing piece; one which was superbly rendered by Nelsons and the CBSO’.

Gaining four stars from both Nick Kimberley for the London Evening Standard and Matthew Lynch of One Stop ArtsCalculus was commended for being an ‘evocative work’ that ‘really made you listen and drew you in’ with ‘moments that were so quietly enrapturing that none of the audience’s vast number dared so much as breathe’. Both reviews complimented the CBSO for showing themselves ‘to be more than a match for its considerable technical and emotional challenges’, involving themselves ‘fully inside Howard’s world’.

Visit Emily’s website for more information about her work:

(Written on September 11, 2012 )

The Guardian

The fantastic Dr Dee: angels, magic and the birth of modern science

As Damon Albarn’s opera opens in London, Carole Jahme wonders why Dee has been written out of the history of science.

The Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra with Gustavo Dudamel – live stream

Venezuela’s Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra performed at London’s Royal Festival Hall with conductor Gustavo Dudamel on 23 and 26 June.

The Times

Delius takes Hassan on the Golden Road

On July 7 Frederick Delius’s Hassan is staged in Cheltenham.


Edward Gardner among artists given Queen’s birthday honours

English National Opera director Edward Gardner has been named among the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, being awarded an OBE for services to music.

BBC Music Magazine

Arts Council awards Catalyst Endowment funds

The Arts Council has awarded ‘Catalyst’ awards to a host of music organisations including the Hallé and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE).

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

Bayreuth’s American Siegfried has died

Jean Cox was not the first American to sing at the Wagner shrine but he was surely the first to fly a bombing mission before he took to the stage.


Performing musical saw in a potato barn

The SCO’s principal cellist prepares for the East Neuk Festival.

New Music 20×12 issues three more releases

Hear excerpts from works by David Bruce, Emily Howard and Michael Wolters.

Jamie Philips appointed assistant conductor of the Hallé

21-year-old succeeds Andrew Gourlay in September.

(Written on June 27, 2012 )

Emily Howard’s anticipated mini-opera ‘Zátopek!’ premiered in Liverpool last week, and has since welcomed fantastic reviews. Gaining a successful 4 stars from The Guardian, Emily’s work, which tells the story of Emil Zátopek (the famous Czech Olympian who gained a gold medal in 5000m, 10000m and Marathon all in one year) has impressed critics with its debut performance. The Liverpool Echo praised the work for being ‘as unreservedly entertaining as the man it pays tribute to’ whilst the Guardian celebrated Emily for capturing Zátopek’s oddball personality within her score. The short length of 12-minutes for this mini-opera lends itself to the manic nature of the performance, ‘packed with potential’ it relays Zátopek’s lengthy career into the time of a single Olympic race. (The Guardian)

Individual performances of the Premiere also called for high praise, in particular the tenor John McMunn in the title role of ‘Zátopek!’ executed with ‘pleasing clarity and humour’ (The Liverpool Echo).

With the Olympic torch having passed through Liverpool just weeks before, Emily’s work is of ideal timing and a wonderfully fitting composition to launch in a very sporting 2012.

It is still possible to hear the premiering performance of ‘Zátopek!’ until Saturday, on BBC Radio 3 here.

(Written on June 21, 2012 )

Tonight sees the World Premiere of ‘Zatopek!’ a 12-minute mini-opera on the life of Emil Zatopek by ‘one of the UK’s most acclaimed young composers’ (BBC) Emily Howard. Commissioned by PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music 20×12 it is themed beautifully for this Olympic year of 2012. Emily’s opera about Zatopek – the Czech gold medallist for the 5000m, 10000m and Marathon in the Olympics of 1952 – is sure to be extremely enlightening following the extensive research by Emily and her librettist Selma Dimitrijevic, who travelled to Prague to research their subject, as well as running 5000m ‘religiously’ whilst writing the work (BBC).

The Premier this evening takes place in Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre performed by the Liverpool Philharmonic.

Tonight’s concert is also being recorded by BBC Radio 3 and will be broadcast on Saturday the 16th of June at 10.30 pm.

(Written on June 15, 2012 )

WildKat PR are thrilled to welcome Emily Howard to its artist roster. A young British composer, with an Oxford degree in Mathematics and Computation, whose (already) varied body of work has taken the classical music world by storm. The musical structure of her compositions is influenced by techniques derived from mathematical principles and her themes are wide-ranging. Whilst ‘Magnetite’ and ‘Calculus of the Nervous System’ are informed by science, poetry, psychology and history, her latest work, the witty mini-opera Zátopek!, commissioned by New Music 20×12 for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, was inspired by a Czech long-distance runner by the same name.

Watch out for her work ‘Calculus of the Nervous System’, her BBC Prom debut, on August 21st 2012.

For more information please visit her website and her Facebook page







(Written on May 4, 2012 )

British Composer Emily Howard is delighted to announce her debut BBC Prom on August 21st.

‘Calculus of the Nervous system’, is part of the ‘Lovelace Trilogy’.  Howard took her inspiration from Ada Lovelace, the pioneering mathematician and daughter of the famous British poet Lord Bryon.  The piece was commissioned by international contemporary music festival Wien Modern 2011 for the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna and premiered in the Wiener Konzerthaus on November 20th 2011.

Watch the video below to find out more about the composition from Emily herself.

For more information on Emily Howard please visit her website.

(Written on April 19, 2012 )

Arts Council UK

The Space

Arts Council UK and the BBC have announced a partnership to create the Space – an experimental digital arts media service and commissioning programme that could help transform the way people connect with, and experience, arts and culture.

Slipped Disc: Norman Lebrecht

US Conductor Steps Into Karajan’s Shoes

Aachen announces Kazem Abdullah, 32, as its new general music director.

The Telegraph

Disrupting Concerts: Is It Ever Acceptable?

Lucy Jones discusses motivations for disturbing a performance.

How A Young British Composer Has Just Taken Vienna By Storm

Emily Howard’s thriving career in Austria.





(Written on November 23, 2011 )

This week’s Industry Idols interviewee is Richard Wigley, the General Manager of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

What are the first, most important steps a young artist needs to take when they embark on their career as a performer?

Never forget the thrill that started you in music, that spark will carry you through your career.

What was your first job in the music industry?

Bassoonist with the Halle Orchestra in Manchester.

What skills do you think are needed to succeed in the music industry?

Aside from talent and an ability to work very hard, negotiating skills are paramount; from soft day to day discussions to hard financial dealing.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learnt during your career?

To help others (especially orchestra managers like me) to do their thinking; this way you can introduce and shape and deliver great ideas.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The variety of challenges; no hour is the same as any other.

On a typical working day, what’s the first thing you do when you get into the office?

Organise the two or three main priorities for the day.

Do you think there is anything in the classical music industry that needs to be changed? If yes, why?

Evolution is key, but gently does it.  Nothing ever remains the same.

Are there any young musicians, emerging venues, exciting companies, composers etc that you are keeping your eye on?

Yes, we’re working closely with composers Emily Howard and Gavin Wayte to deliver some of their ideas for audiences.  Their company Out of the Blue is going to make an impact on our business.

Where do you read about classical music?

Mainly in the broadsheets.

Where is your favourite place in the world for classical music?

Wherever it’s happening live.

(Written on November 3, 2010 )