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Emily Worthington joined the University of Huddersfield in 2015 and is currently Senior Lecturer in Music Performance and co-director of the Research Centre for Performance Practices (ReCePP). Emily is in much demand as a clarinetist specialising in period instruments from the 18th to the 20th century, and is regularly invitedto perform as a guest principal with leading ensembles around the world including The Academy of Ancient Music, Gabrieli Consort and Players, Concerto Copenhagen, Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra, and Spira Mirabilis. Emily also leads Boxwood & Brass, a Harmonie specialising in performing Classical and Early-Romantic wind repertoire on period instruments. Boxwood & Brass's recordings for Resonus Classics have been called 'dazzlingly persuasive' (BBC Music Magazine), 'button-bright' (Gramophone) 'revelatory' (Early Music Today) and 'joyous listening' (The Artsdesk).

Prior to joining the university, in addition to her freelance performing career, Emily worked as an adult education lecturer at Morely College in London; as a clarinet and woodwind teacher for St Benedict's School Ealing and the Gipsy Hill Federation; and a Curatorial Assistant at in the Royal College of Music's Centre for Performance History. Emily is regularly invited to coach on orchestral and chamber music programmes, including the Jeune Orchestre de l’Abbaye in France and Chetham's School of Music. She was an invited coach on the 'Transforming C19th Historically-Informed Performance' chamber music course at the University of Oxford in 2017 and in 2018 convened the 19th Century Salon workshop at Huddersfield, bringing together professional and postgraduate musicians from around the world to explore aspects of C19th performance style. Along with her colleagues from Boxwood & Brass, Emily has run an annual wind music weekend course for adults at Benslow Music since 2016.

Emily’s postgraduate performance training took place at the Royal College of Music and through the Formation Superieure de l’Abbaye aux Dames de Saintes, where she specialised in orchestral and chamber music performance of Classical and Romantic repertoire on period instruments.  Emily's doctorate at the University of York was supported by an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award, she investigated the impact of the emergent recording and broadcasting industries on woodwind playing in early-20th-century London orchestras. An Edison Visiting Fellowship at the British Library in 2014 enabled her to begin a large-scale survey of early wind chamber music recordings.


Research Expertise and Interests

  • The practice and culture of performance from the late-18th to the mid-20th century
  • History of sound recording and broadcasting (particularly the early BBC)
  • 19th and early-20th century performance style
  • Woodwind performance and repertoire
  • Theories of embodied knowledge and practice-research methodology in historically-informed performance.


External positions

External Examiner, MMus in Performance, Goldsmiths, University of London


External Examiner, MA in Music Performance, University of Sheffield

1 Sep 2018 → …

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Historically Informed Performance
  • Historical Clarinet
  • BBC History
  • Music in Britain
  • 18th Century
  • 19th Century
  • Social and Cultural stuy of music
  • Brahms
  • Practice as research
  • early sound recordings
  • Embodiment


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