Emily Worthington 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 Lesley Schatzberger, Alan Hacker, Tim Lines, Barnaby Robson, Colin Lawson, Jane Booth and Lorenzo Coppola. She now specialises in playing period clarinets from the 18th to early twentieth century.
Together with bassoonist Robert Percival and horn player Anneke Scott, Emily directs Boxwood and Brass, a historical ‘harmonie’ or wind ensemble specialising in the music of the late-18th and early-19th centuries. Boxwood & Brass’s debut CD, Music for a Prussian Salon, was released on Resonus Classics in Autumn 2016.
As an orchestral musician, Emily freelances with ensembles across the UK and Europe, including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music, The Gabrieli Players, Spira Mirabilis, Le Cercle de l’Harmonie and Le Concert Spirituel. As a member of Quatuor Odam, Emily was previously selected for young artists’ residencies at the Festivals of Saintes and Utrecht and broadcast on Netherlands Radio 4.
Emily is also active as a musicologist. In 2013 she completed a PhD at the University of York entitled ‘The Modernisation of Wind Playing in London Orchestras, 1909–1939’, funded by a Collaborative Doctoral Award from the AHRC and Music Preserved. She continued her research into playing styles on early recordings as an Edison Visiting Research Fellow at the British Library, and in 2014 she was selected to participate in the BBC New Generation Thinkers workshops.
In 2015, Emily was appointed to the post of Lecturer in Music Performance at the University of Huddersfield, where she contributes to a range of modules, many focussing on solo and ensemble performance skills. She has also given visiting lectures and seminars at various conservatories and universities.