Emily Howard scoops orchestral prize at the British Composer Awards

Manchester Science Festival collaborator Emily Howard has won a British Composer Award award for her mathematically-inspired work Torus (Concerto for Orchestra).

It is the second British Composer Award that Emily has won.

The composition explores the idea of the mathematical shape of the torus, and the musical balance between absence and presence. The judges said it ‘is particularly notable for its precision of structure and colour; captivating from start to finish’.

During the 2017 Manchester Science Festival, Emily worked on another project with mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, The Music of Proof, a two-part event asking ‘Is there maths hidden inside music? Is there music hidden in maths?’

Both Emily and Marcus are directors at PRiSM (the Centre for Practice & Research in Science & Music) at the RNCM, where they explore the eternal connection and differences between the art of music and the science of maths.

Manchester Science Festival director Antonio Benitez said: “We would like to pass on our warmest congratulations to Emily for her win at the British Composer Awards. Emily’s work exploring the links between mathematics and music exemplifies the creative approach that we take to science communication, and we are grateful to Emily for taking the time away from her composing schedule to work with us on The Music of Proof. Torus is a masterful composition, and this is a very well-deserved award.”

Also appearing at The Music of Proof during Manchester Science Festival 2017 was RNCM researcher Michelle Phillips, who has blogged about her work researching the connections between music and time, here.

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