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Composers announced for WeCompose 2023-24

released Friday 27th October 2023


"We have recruited a fantastic team of composers who will be visiting schools across the country to help develop the composition work of KS3 and KS4 students and support their teachers. Students get to experience working with professional musicians and are supported in developing compositional and collaborative skills, which they will use to create group and individual compositions. Students will then get to see their work being performed by professional musicians in a culmination concert towards the end of their academic year."


Read the full announcement here:


National Youth Choir - Young Composers Blog 2023 #1 Emily Hazrati

5 Best Things about 'Discovering' with National Youth Choir in 2023

released Thursday 13th July 2023

Read the full blog post here:

(photo: Ben Tomlin Photography)

The Arts Desk review | Ligeti Day; Kolesnikov/Tsoy, Aldeburgh Festival review - 14 musicians, 16 premieres and 100 metronomes

released Monday 26th June 2023

"More dazzle came from Emily Hazrati in György's Apprenice [sic], viola initiating a thicket of notes taken up by the other players..."

Read the full review here:

(photo: David Nice, classical music and opera editor of theartsdesk)

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Ave Maris Stella by Emily Hazrati – a singer's take on this new commission 

Thames Philharmonic Choir blog

published Saturday 27th May 2023

"The theme of water comes across very strongly as I sing. I'm an alto and in Emily's piece, the three lower parts, (bass, tenor and alto) have what feels like surges of triplets underneath the soprano line. It reminds me of waves, the ebb and flow of the sea, or water lapping on a shoreline."

Read the full blog post here:

(photo: Ben Tomlin Photography)


NYCGB Showcase 2023

broadcast from VOCES8 Centre, London

Premiered Tuesday 28th February 2023, 6.30pm

"Watch an uplifting evening of new music, created and performed by some of the UK’s leading young singers and composers, and be the first to hear about our plans for the year ahead."

Watch the full showcase here:

TIDE film extract (Aldeburgh Festival 2022)

released Thursday 8th December 2022


Music by Emily Hazrati

Words by Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh

celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme

Watch the full opera here:

Eleanor Burke - director

Will Sharma - music director

Georgia Bishop - Estèr

Katherine McIndoe - Amelia

Erin Rossington - Ina 

Akito Goto  - cello 

Anna Caban - violin

Sophie McLaughlin - flute

Filmmaker: Matt Jolly

Aldeburgh Festival 2022 launch

Wednesday 15th December 2021

featuring TIDE (BPA commission)


Britten Pears Arts

Slipped Disc 'Aldeburgh Festival extends by a week to pump out new music':

Opera Wire 'Dame Sarah Connolly, Claire Barnett-Jones & Roderick Williams Lead Aldeburgh Festival's 2022 Season'

Opera For All 'Aldeburgh Festival 2022 Premieres New Opera'

BBC Radio 3 Afternoon Concert

featuring Drop down, ye Heavens, from above by Emily Hazrati

recorded by the BBC Singers, conducted by Nicholas Chalmers 

"...a recent work by rising star composer Emily Hazrati... Emily wrote [Drop down ye heavens] in 2020 for the Minerva Festival in Cambridge: a festival which celebrates music of female and non-binary composers."

more information here

Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme Composers 2021-22: Les Six


"A specially-commissioned short film by Jessie Rodger, focusing on the creative processes of the six early-career composers currently supported by the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme. This film was made during the New Music Course for the cohort of early career musicians on the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme 2021-22. It features all six of the composers, their views on writing music and what inspires their own individual process. It will be shown as a rolling installation across the two days of the festival."

Friday 10 September, 2pm - 9pm

Saturday 11 September, 10am - 8pm

watch the full film here:

Coventry Carol video release (2021)

performed by Siglo de Oro

watch here

Artistic Director: Patrick Allies

Soprano: Hannah Ely, Fiona Fraser, Victoria Meteyard

Alto: Luthien Brackett, Rebekah Jones

Tenor: Paul Bentley-Angell, Chris Fitzgerald-Lombard

Bass: David Le Prevost, Ben McKee, Ben Rowarth

Recorded July 2021 at St Augustine's Kilburn, with the kind permission of the Rector and Churchwardens

Recording (c) MoV (2021)

Available in Multitude of Voyces Sacred Music by Women Composers Volume 3, No. 9 (sold through Stainer and Bell Ltd)

Digital offprint available from

In conversation with Katherine Dienes-Williams on Drop down, ye Heavens, from above (2021)

performed at Guildford Cathedral for their Advent Carol Service, Sunday 28th November


more information here

writing "raindrops keep dancing..." (2021)

a blog on my micro-commission from Guildhall New music society, included as part of their spring 2021 archive. raindrops keep dancing... was written for and premiered by Julien Harman-Evans (voice flute) and Thomas Ang (piano).

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A Clare Toccatina (2020)

commissioned by Choir & Organ Magazine as part of their New Music Series 2020, in partnership with Graham Ross and The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. Premiered by George Gillow (Sir William McKie Organ Scholar) on Sunday 15th November 2020.

Read my interview with Choir & Organ here.

A Clare Toccatina received its second performance at York Minster Cathedral on Thursday 25th March 2021.

Drop down, ye Heavens, from above (2020)

premiered by The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge in their evensong for the Minerva Festival, Sunday 19th January 2020, Clare College Chapel, Cambridge.

Soprano: Matilda Mills

Conductor: Graham Ross

'Janet [Wheeler] tweeted "Thrilled to hear fabulous Clare Choir singing my Responses so beautifully at the Minerva Festival evensong yesterday. A great service – really loved the anthem ‘Drop down ye heavens’ from Emily Hazrati"...'


Sweeter Than Honey  (2019)

commissioned by The Korrigan Consort for 'A Blue True Dream Of Sky'

Saturday 12th June 2019, University College Chapel, Oxford.

Recorded by Jocelyn Orrell, Annette Michelle and Emily Hazrati

Sunday 15th March 2020, Robinson College Chapel, Cambridge.

"The Korrigan Consort will be celebrating 40 years of women at University College, Oxford with a concert. They will be singing music setting works by queer poets from across history, including works that explore universal love, self love, and embracing one’s identity.


From Sappho to Stein, this programme includes works old and new, including works featuring harp and electronics. We’re also incredibly pleased to be premiering a new piece by Emily Hazrati, setting letters between two nuns in love. Other works include songs by Benjamin Britten, Judith Shatin, Jake Landau, Gwyneth Walker, and more."


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