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Current Projects

The Viola Commissioning Circle

Lawrence Power created the Viola Commissioning Circle in order to speed up the work of commissioning new works for the viola. Emily joined in summer 2023 as overall project consultant. With V10LA, the VCC's project is to commission 10 concerti by 2030. The first four of these have been written by Gerald Barry (premiered in 2019), Anders Hillborg (premiered in 2021), Cassandra Miller (premiered in 2023) and Magnus Lindberg (premiered in 2024).

Viola Commissioning Circle Logo, with a blue filled in O

Edward Jessen's Plantation A

Plantation A is an experimental opera-in-development with London-based Phaedra Ensemble and Decipherer Arts to be premiered and toured in the UK in Autumn 2024 and beyond. It is supported by an Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant, and has received seed funding and support from Trinity Laban, PRS for Music Foundation as well as the Hinrichsen Foundation. The opera will innovate theatrical ways in which sound and image converse, and will be developed in workshops with the Arnolfini, Bristol and 2019 Arnolfini City Fellow, movement artist Holly Thomas. Its aim is to serve members of the blind and visually impaired community, ‘delivering a theatre for those that don’t see it'. Emily started working on the project in Autumn 2023 as consultant and manager.

Image of woman crouching in a suit on stage from Decipher Arts' previous project called REPLICA

Following on from the success of the album dream.risk.sing: elevating women’s voices on Delphian Records, Emily is working with soprano Samantha Crawford on Samantha’s next album, the premiere recording of Dame Judith Weir’s epic orchestral song cycle;


The work was originally commissioned in 2000 by Jessye Norman and premiered at Carnegie Hall. Emily has been working as a project consultant on the recording from January 2024.

Samantha Crawford in performance

Past Projects

The Big Lockdown Music Survey

'Big Lockdown Music Survey' was led in partnership with gateway partners across England: Bristol Beacon, Spitalfields Music, Birmingham Record Company, Psappha, Stapleford Granary, and October House Records.

More than 200 music creators of all ages and levels responded to the initial open call, from which NMC and the partnered organisations across England selected 70 tracks to plot onto a lockdown listening map tool on the NMC website. Emily acted as project manager for the survey. The project recently culminated as an album on NMC Recordings 'In These Exceptional Times' released in Autumn 2023.

'A reminder that no matter what happens, great musicians will always find a way to make themselves heard.' - Tom McKinney, BBC Radio 3

The Big Lockdown Music Survey blue logo, shows a house or roof over the words

Xenia Chamber Music Course

The Xenia Chamber Music Course is an established international course for string players in the Italian Alps.


Well-known for the quality and richness of the music making programme and for the care and attention given to all participants, Emily is working with the team towards the 27th edition of the course as development manager and consultant.


Xenia Chamber Music Course was set up in 1998 by Christine Anderson, Eilis Cranitch, and Elizabeth Wilson, inviting honorary guests including Mtislav Rostropovich, Natalia Gutman, Rohan de Saram, Simon-Rowland Jones, and most recently Marc Danel.

Xenia Chamber Course outdoor class in the Italian alps
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