emma margetson

Emma Margetson is an award-winning acousmatic composer and sound artist based in the Midlands, UK. Her works have been performed nationally and internationally, and was recently featured on The British Music Collection’s #AComposeraDay series, which showcased the profiles of 31 composers and their unique contributions to composition in the UK.

Emma’s compositional work is focused on developing novel compositional approaches that are actively geared towards increasing engagement with electroacoustic composition in order to reach wider audiences, in particular disadvantaged segments of the community, and younger people. Furthermore, Emma has collaborated with a variety of organisations across the West Midlands including the IKON, Research & Cultural Collections at the University of Birmingham, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts and Sampad.

Emma is currently in the final phase of studies for a PhD in Musical Composition from the University of Birmingham funded by the AHRC Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership. Her PhD research, titled, ‘Sonic Immersion: Reaching new audiences through sound’ is a portfolio of compositions that have all been created with the aim of reaching new audiences with acousmatic composition (stereo and multichannel formats) through performance, installations and workshops.

Emma is also currently a member of BEER  (Birmingham Electroacoustic Ensemble for Research) and has developed skills in live-coding and laptop ensemble performance.

Emma was awarded the COMPASS Prize in 2014, klingt gut! Young Artist Award in 2018 and AHRC Midlands3Cities Cultural Engagement Award in 2018. Most recently in December 2019 Emma was awarded first prize in the prestigious L’espace du son international spatialisation competition by Influx (Musiques & Recherches).

Her works have been performed and exhibited internationally, including at Ars Electronica Forum Wallis (CH), University of Birmingham (UK), The Barber Institute of Fine Arts (UK), 5to Festival de Música Electroacústica (CL), BEAST FEaST (UK), SEAMUS (USA), CEMI circles (USA), EMAS (UK), Festival Ecos Urbanos (MEX), BULO (UK), RMA (UK), SPECTRA (CO), NYCEMF (USA), Birmingham Hippodrome (UK), Audior Acusmonium (ITL), Sound-Image Colloquium (UK), Delian Academy of New Music (GD), Noisefloor Festival (UK), [ ex_nihilo ] (MEX), MAtera INtermedia (ITL), Sound Junction (UK), Musica Electronic Nova (PL) and Electric Spring (UK).

Beyond composition, Emma has considerable experience in the administration and coordination of music events. She has worked for many years as an administrator for BEAST (Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre) and previous roles include the delivery of festivals and concert series in the West Midlands such as the Birmingham International Piano Festival and CrossCurrents Festival. Emma also freelances as a Stage Manager and technician.

In 2017-2018 Emma worked as a Research Assistant for the Arts Council England project, The Bigger Picture, a collaborative project investigating the impact of inter-generational arts programming on the experiences of exclusion and isolation within minority communities in Nottingham.

Emma is a board member and chair of the Arts and Education sub-committee for Sampad.