Emily Wilson Clarinettist
Emily graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music Masters programme with Distinction in 2016, under the tutelage of John Bradbury and Lynsey Marsh. Whilst at the RNCM Emily won the Gilbert-Fell prize for contemporary solo performance, a Music at Beaulieu Award and Third Prize in the Virovitica International Clarinet Competition.
Emily enjoys a huge variety of freelance work. Recent solo engagements include the Copland Clarinet Concerto in Huddersfield Town Hall with Slaithwaite Philharmonic, Weber's Clarinet Concerto No. 1 with Loughborough Orchestra, and the world premiere of Andy Fisher's Bass Clarinet Concerto with Southampton Sinfonietta and Chloé Van Soeterstède.
As an orchestral musician, Emily does extras work across the UK for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru, the Hallé Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She doubles on saxophones, Eb and Bass Clarinet in orchestra regularly, recently playing Bass Clarinet in the CBSO's performance and recording of Weinberg's Symphony No. 21 (UK premiere) with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. Emily played Bass Clarinet in the 2018 Aldeburgh Festival, working with Marin Alsop in the Britten Pears Orchestra at Snape Maltings. She returned to Snape in 2019 to work on new music with six young composers, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Colin Matthews and Jessica Cottis. These works will be premiered at the 2020 Aldeburgh Festival.
New music is integral to Emily's musicianship: she regularly performs new works as a soloist and chamber musician. Projects have included a radio-composition by Samson Young in Manchester International Festival 2017, the 2018 Manchester Peace Song Cycle featuring ten commissions by female and non-binary Manchester-based composers, and the world premiere of Blasio Kavuma's Trio for Flute, Clarinet and Piano with her ensemble Salford Keys in Union Chapel, Islington.
Emily set up the Orion Ensemble in 2019 with Adam Taylor. A passionate chamber musician, Emily is one of the founding members of North Winds quintet and has been a part of the Festival No. 6 Ensemble for two years, working with Joe Duddell and pop musicians including Everything Everything, Shadowparty, The Charlatans, Fenne Lily and Palace.
Before attending the RNCM Emily studied at the University of Southampton where she received a First Class Bachelor's degree in English and Music. She enjoys writing a variety of material including concert reviews, programme notes and poetry.