Emily Worthington is equally at home playing, talking about, and writing on music from Haydn and Mozart to Mahler and Hindemith. Trained at the University of York and Royal College of Music, she specialises in performing on historical clarinets, as well as researching and lecturing on the practice and culture of musical performance from c.1750-1950 at the University of York, UK. Her current AHRC-funded research project Baermann's Body: Understanding Embodiment in Historically Informed Performance explores questions of methodology in historical practice-research through a case-study of the 19th century clarinetist Carl Baermann (1810-1885).
Emily is in great demand as an orchestral clarinetist and has performed all over the world with leading ensembles including the Academy of Ancient Music, Anima Eterna, Les Arts Florissants, Gabrieli Consort and Players, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English Touring Opera, Orchestre des Champs Elysées, Le Grand Ecurie et la Chambre de Roi, Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, Spira Mirabilis, Concerto Copenhagen, and the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra, in venues including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Elbphilharmonie, Theatre des Champs-Elysees, and Royal Festival Hall.
Emily leads Boxwood & Brass, a group of exceptional wind players dedicated to the performance of 18th and 19th-century Harmoniemusik and wind chamber music. Boxwood & Brass’s debut CD, Music for a Prussian Salon (2016) was called ‘revelatory’ by Early Music Today. The group’s two much-anticipated Beethoven Transformed CDs were released on Resonus Classics in 2019 and 2020 and praised for being ‘dazzlingly persuasive’ (BBC Music Magazine) and ‘joyous listening’ (Artsdesk).
Emily is Lecturer in Music (Historical Performance Practices) at the University of York. From 2015-2021 she held the post of Senior Lecturer in Music Performance and Head of Woodwind at the University of Huddersfield, where she co-directed the Research Centre in Performance Practices (ReCePP).
Personal website: http://www.emilyworthington.co.uk