Emily Worthington is establishing a reputation as one of the outstanding performer-scholars of her generation, equally at home playing, talking about, and writing on music from Haydn and Mozart to Mahler and Hindemith. Trained at the University of York and Royal College of Music, she divides her time between performing on historical clarinets from her own substantial collection, and researching and lecturing on wide range of repertoire and topics from c.1750-1950 at the University of Huddersfield.
Emily is in great demand as an orchestral clarinetist and can be heard with leading period orchestras around the world, including the Gabrieli Consort and Players, the Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestre de Champs-Elysees, Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, the Kings Consort, and Spira Mirabilis, Concerto Copenhagen, and the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra.
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 ‘revelatory’ by Early Music Today. The group’s two much-anticipated Beethoven Transformed CDs were released on Resonus Classics in 2019 and 2020 and praised for being ‘dazzlingly persuasive’ (BBC Music Magazine) and ‘joyous listening’ (Artsdesk).
Emily holds the post of Senior 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 included included Lesley Schatzberger, Alan Hacker, Tim Lines, Barnaby Robson, Colin Lawson, Jane Booth and Lorenzo Coppola. She was previously the recipient of a Junior Fellowhip in the Centre for Performance History at the Royal College of Music, 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.