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Emily Hall Interview

Posted on 15 August 2005. © Copyright 2004-2020 Composition:Today

C:T talks to composer Emily Hall about her work and the innovative Camberwell Composers Collective, or "c3".

Tell us something about your background. Your influences and interests.

In terms of c3s influences and interests, we cover a lot of ground between us (evident in our music) and I'm only going to be able to give you vague answer. I myself love anything from the 70s - bowie/ Lou Reed/ Velvet Underground..... my favourite composer has to be Janacek. Matt loves his 80s rock classics, Anna is really into Dance/ Electronica, Chris is into alternative Canadian stuff one of us have heard of and Mark is a big Stravinsky fan and has studied Tibetan music a bit.

Tell us about the collective.

Anna and I met Matt at the Britten Pears School and Mark at the RCM, we met Chris on another course in Aldeburgh. The main impulse came from wanting to be autonomous and wanting to write for our friends who are also into the idea. We put a big emphasis on writing music specifically for the gigs which not only keeps us on our toes but also makes c3 gigs great spaces for us to experiment with ideas. I teach organ for St Giles church in Camberwell (where most of us live) and they happen to own "The Crypt" jazz club and bar which seemed like the obvious venue and c3 was born! Anyone who's been to c3 will confirm that as the gigs don't stray too far from a relaxed jazz club vibe. We're lucky to have a really great pool of performers who are our friends and their open-mindedness and vibrant energy is integral to the creative spirit of c3.

What do you see as the role (intended and actual) of new music in the modern world?

To excite, entertain, stimulate, express, dazzle......

How do you go about programming your concerts?

We make a skeleton based on players we have worked with recently and pieces which would fit the bill then go about composing more pieces which fit the instrumentation we have. Often we include remixes of old pieces in our pre or post concert music.

How do you respond to unsolicited work- do you give feedback? Do you ever commission new work yourself?

As we are a composer led group so we have never received and have no
need for scores.

What are your plans for the future?

To continue to produce 2-3 gigs a year and work towards c3 over-seas as well! We are hoping to collaborate with the visual artist collective flat-e sometime in the near future.

How can people find out more about you?

Interview by Composition:Today © Copyright 2004-2020

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