Since having her compositions performed by school ensembles, Emma Pascoe has continued to write music for local and university groups, including the Jane Holloway Choir, the Strings Camerata of St Anne’s College, Oxford, and Royal Holloway Choral Scholars. She has just completed her BMus degree at Royal Holloway, University of London, which involved studying with composers such as Nathan James Dearden, Nina Whiteman, John Traill and Aaron Holloway-Nahum. In 2019, she was selected as a Picture Gallery Composer-in-Residence at the university and was given the opportunity to work with the renowned Royal Holloway Chapel Choir and director Rupert Gough. Her most prevalent writing is for choir, with four choral premieres over the last year. She has been awarded Highly Commended certificates in the Chipping Norton Music Festival composition class for the last four years, and won the Rotary Club Cup for Music in 2016 for a performance of one of her works, with recognition from Craig Ogden, Anthony Williams and Paul Harris.
Her other main focus is conducting; she was the inaugural Young Associate Conductor of the Royal Holloway New Voices Consort and New Music Collective, and co-manager of the Royal Holloway Conductors’ Collective. She has worked alongside Judith Weir and Neil Ferris in these roles, and conducted three premieres as part of the Festival of Contemporary Music for All 2020.
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