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Emulsion is…

a celebration of the adventurous spirit & the open mind

an experiment
a group of like-minded musicians
a cross-genre new music platform
a specialised and unusual development opportunity

an evolving concept


Line Up

Trish Clowes – saxophones, Louise McMonagle – cello, Lauren Weavers – oboe/cor anglais, Thea Spiers – violin, Nick Smart – trumpet, Max Welford – clarinets, Tim Giles – drums, Ross Stanley – piano/Hammond organ, Chris Montague – guitar, Catriona McDermid- bassoon, Misha Mullov-Abbado – bass & special guest appearance from Nikki Iles – piano


‘Tinker, Innovator, Plagiarist, Spy’ – by Percy Pursglove
for noise choir’
Anamnesis’ – by Josephine Stephenson
for solo cello Free Improv – Chris Montague, Thea Spiers, Tim Giles
‘Book of the World’ – by Leo Geyer
for solo bassoon’Elastic Band’ – by Trish Clowes
full line up & noise choir
‘Prelude’ – by Marcel Dupre, adapted by Ross Stanley/Trish Clowes
for saxophone & piano
‘Happy Mountain’ – by Hans Koller
Full line up
‘Elegy (for the Unknown Leader)’ – by Robert Mitchell
for bass, bassoon, cello, saxophone, violin, piano, oboe, drums
‘Awakening’ – by Nikki Iles
Full line up
‘Sing Me Softly the Blues’ – by Carla Bley
Full line up


Saxophonist and composer Trish Clowes founded Emulsion in 2012. Emulsion has hosted various events and festivals in London, Birmingham, Shrewsbury and at Cheltenham Music Festival, receiving coverage on BBC Radio 3 along the way, and to date has commissioned/premiered seventeen new works, including two BASCA-winning works.

Featured collaborators include ECM artists Food (Iain Ballamy and Thomas Strønen), pianist- composers Nikki Iles and Robert Mitchell and composers Joe Cutler and Cevanne Horrocks- Hopayian. Over the years the project has received funding from PRS for Music Foundation, Arts Council England, Musikfondene (Norway), Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Birmingham City University and its own Kickstarter backers.



“an absorbing spectacle of multi-genre music that was both emotionally and technically compelling… brilliant, three-dimensional theatricality” ***** – Matthew Wright, the Arts Desk

“Humorous at times, but emotive and thought provoking at others, the performances covered a wide stylistic range, juxtaposing genres with a will… The playing from a supremely flexible ensemble of musicians was uniformly excellent throughout” – Ian Mann, The Jazzmann, review of Emulsion VI

“Top prize here goes to the Emulsion Sinfonietta careening through ‘Karembeu’: not a piece that could ever be picked apart and then built up by anyone’s dubbing machine.” – Geoff Brown, The Times (4* review of Joe Cutler’s ‘Elsewhereness’)

“Vive L’Emulsion” – Ed King, Birmingham Review


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