Clarinetist Emily Worthington is one of the outstanding period-instrument performers-scholars of her generation. Equally at home playing music from Handel and Mozart to Messaien and Hindemith on historical instruments from her own substantial collection, Emily’s performances and research activities cover a wide range of repertoire and topics from c.1750-1950.
Emily leads Boxwood & Brass, a group of exceptional wind players dedicated to the performance of 18th and 19th-century Harmoniemusik and wind chamber music. Boxwood & Brass’s debut CD, Music for a Prussian Salon (2016) was called ‘revealatory’ by Early Music Today; their next, much-anticipated 2-CD project, Beethoven Transformed, will be released on Resonus Classics in late 2019.
Emily is in great demand as an orchestral clarinetist with leading period orchestras around the world, including the Gabrieli Consort and Players, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestre de Champs-Elysees, Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, the Kings Consort, and Spira Mirabilis. During 2018-19 she will be playing guest principal with Concerto Copenhagen, the Academy of Ancient Music, and the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra.
Emily also holds the post of Lecturer in Music Performance and Head of Woodwind at the University of Huddersfield, where she co-directs the Reserach Centre in Performance Practices (ReCePP). Emily is regularly invited to coach on orchestral and chamber music programmes, including the Jeune Orchestre de l’Abbaye in France, and runs an annual wind music weekend for adults at Benslow Music.
Emily studied modern and historical clarinets at the University of York, the Royal College of Music and the Abbaye aux Dames de Saintes in France. Her teachers have included included Lesley Schatzberger, Alan Hacker, Tim Lines, Barnaby Robson, Colin Lawson, Jane Booth and Lorenzo Coppola. She was previously the recipient of an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award (Music Preserved/University of York) and an Edison Visiting Research Fellow at the British Library. In 2014 she was selected to participate in the BBC New Generation Thinkers workshops.