Emily Worthington

Emily Worthington Clarinet

Emily Worthington studied at the University of York, Royal College of Music, and Abbaye aux Dames de Saintes. She specialises in playing period clarinets, basset horns and bass clarinets from the 18th to early-20th century. Emily has performed and recorded with orchestras across the UK and Europe, including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Gabrieli Players, Spira Mirabilis, Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, Academy of Ancient Music, and Le Concert Spirituel.

In 2013 Emily was awarded a PhD by the University of York for her thesis The modernisation of wind playing in London orchestras, 1909–1939, which investigated the impact of the recording and broadcasting industries on playing styles in early orchestral recordings. Her research was supported by an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award, and can be downloaded from the White Rose E-repository. A British Library Edison Research Fellowship during 2013–14 allowed her to expand her work to look at early wind chamber ensemble recordings, resulting in an ongoing obsession with the early discography of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Wind Quintet. In 2015, Emily took up a Lectureship in Music Performance at the University of Huddersfield, which she continues to combine with a busy playing career.

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