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EMILY HALL (1978 - )
Much of Emily Hall's music is formed from close creative relationships with singers and writers and finding her own ways of using technolodgy and live performance. Emily Hall studied composition at York University and the Royal College of Music, London. She has written for many different ensembles and orchestras including the London Sinfonietta, LSO, BBCNOW, the Brodsky Quartet, Opera North, LCO, Hungarian Radio Choir. Her music has been performed in diverse venues from Lattitude Festival to the Cite de la Musque and broadcast on BBC Radio 2,3,4 and 6. Her first opera, "Sante", produced by Aldeburgh Music, was described by The Times as "a dynamic new opera worth everyone's time and hopes". Collaborations with Mara Carlye, Olivia Chaney, Lady Maisery, Oliver Coates, Mira Calix and David Sheppard took her out of the strictly classical spere. She wrote a trilogy of song cycles with the author Toby Litt, about first love ("Befalling"), motherhood ("Life Cycle") and death ("Rest") and made a film-opera, "The Nightingale and the Rose", with filmmaker Gaelle Denis, written for Streetwise Opera. This year she completed "Folie a Deux", a concept album/opera, written with Icelandic author Sjon for singers Sofia Jernberg and Allan Clayton. Also a specially made instrument, the electro-magnetic harp. Emily Hall is a member of Bedroom Community, the icelandic record label comprising 11 different diverse but like-minded musicians from across the globe. In 2013, Emily Hall received the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists, in 2006 the Genesis Opera Prize and in 2005 the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Award. Emily Hall (b 1978) lives in London. [photo credit: Kate Benjamin]
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Found And Lost
Found And Lost
A black cab pulls up to the kerb on Whitehall Place. A woman pays the driver and takes six steps up to where a doorman is already holding the door open for her; her heels create a faint echo on the marble floor as she passes a stunning floral display. The scent of camellias hangs in the air and is gone by the time she reaches the reception. She places a briefcase on the counter. The receptionist is on the telephone. She nods apologetically before ending the call with 5 star efficiency. There is a tension in the air that causes her to hesitate slightly before asking 'How may I help you?' The woman replies with a question of her own; you can almost hear it. It is the first of many. . .This brand new opera installation by Emily Hall reveals the secret life of a hotel. Guests will embark on a sonic journey through some of the Corinthia Hotel London's most beautiful spaces in this guided experience of discovery, where rooms can break into song, and real or imagined dramas could be waiting just around the corner.
composer Emily Hall, Librettists Mathew Welton and Ella Hickson
Corinthia Hotel, London
27 Jan 2016
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opera installation 60 min
Male: 3 Female: 4 Other: -
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