An Afternoon with Emma-Ruth Richards

Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 14:30 to 17:00
Summary Description


Lecture by 

Emma-Ruth Richards

Composing in Piano Lessons:

introducing composition from the very first lesson



Musicianship is first and foremost about expression, and only through the practice of improvisation can we discover our true artistic voices.

In this lecture I will discuss my own personal journey to composition and address the various methods I have for teaching and using composition in piano lessons.

I will offer ways to implement the approach into your personal practice as well as looking at some of the benefits for you as a teacher, as well of course for your students.



Emma-Ruth Richards read music at Cardiff University then completed her PhD at the Royal Northern College of Music.She has since worked with composers such as Alexander Goehr, Oliver Knussen, Judith Weir, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Colin Matthews.

Much in demand in the UK and overseas, Emma-Ruth is acclaimed for her understanding of both instrumental and vocal writing.

She is currently working on a new orchestral song cycle commissioned by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for performance and BBC Radio 3 broadcast in January 2020.


Previously, Emma-Ruth has been commissioned by London Sinfonietta, Opera North Orchestra, London Philharmonia, and The Absolution Saxophone Quartet amongst others. She is a Royal Northern Gold Medal composer and has featured in festivals including Presteigne (2018), Southbank’s Changing Britain Festival (2015), Aldeburgh (2014), Sound Scotland (2013), and Music of Today Southbank (2009).


Saturday 21st September 2019

2.30-5.00 pm with tea break


19 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EE

EPTA members £25.00 / Non members £35.00

To register contact Lynda Smith by 14 September 01722 325807 /