Howard first won critical acclaim with the orchestral work Magnetite, commissioned by Liverpool European Capital of Culture for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Vasily Petrenko. Known for her music’s particular connection with science, Howard has been commissioned, performed and broadcast internationally by festivals and ensembles including the BBC Proms, London Symphony Orchestra, New Scientist Live, Wien Modern and the Bamberger Symphoniker.
She studied Mathematics and Computer Science at Oxford University and holds a Doctorate in Composition from the University of Manchester. Howard is currently Professor of Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music and Director of PRiSM (the RNCM Centre for Practice & Research in Science & Music).
Howard's next premiere, at Manchester International Festival, commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre. The Peterloo Massacre was a pivotal moment in British history, particularly for Manchester, with 15 people killed and more than 600 injured by armed cavalry troops storming a peaceful protest over the right to vote.
To mark the event on 7 July, ANU, one of Europe's most daring theatre companies, will take to the streets for a day-long series of free immersive performances inspired by the lives and stories of those who died at Peterloo. In the evening, the Bridgewater Hall will host the world premiere of The Anvil by Emily Howard and Costa Poetry Award-winning writer Michael Symmons Roberts, with the BBC Philharmonic and a massed chorus featuring the BBC Singers and three Hallé choirs.
On 14 September 2019, the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle will premiere a new orchestral commission, Antisphere, which (along with sphere and Torus) completes a trilogy of orchestral works inspired by geometric shapes.
An Ada Lovelace-inspired event curated by Howard will take place at Milton Court on 2 November as part of the Barbican’s year-long Life Rewired season. Britten Sinfonia will premiere a new work by Howard based on a text by Lovelace and well as performing Ada Sketches, a scena imagining the interior life of the mathematician and developer of the Analytical Engine, and further commissions.
See Emily Howard’s composer page for more information.