Composer Emily Doolittle was born in Nova Scotia and educated at Dalhousie University (Canada), the Koninklijk Conservatorium (Netherlands), Indiana University and Princeton University (US). From 2008-2015 she lived in Seattle, where she was an Associate Professor of Composition and Theory at Cornish College of the Arts. She now lives in Glasgow, UK.
Doolittle has written for such ensembles as Orchestre Métropolitain, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Vancouver Island Symphony, Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal, and Paragon. She has an ongoing research interest in zoomusicology, the study of the relationship between human music and animal songs. Other interests include the traditional music of various cultures, community music-making, and music as a vehicle for social change

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Aug
14
Tue
Emily Doolittle: Jan Tait And The Bear @ Summerhall Venue 26
Aug 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Based on a mediaeval story handed down by oral tradition, Emily Doolittle’s comedic chamber opera tells the story of Jan Tait, a rugged and roguish Shetlander who is always ready for an adventure. When he is overcharged by an unscrupulous tax collector, Jan Tait strikes back. He is transported to Norway to account for his crimes before the King, but instead of meeting his fate, he meets a fearsome bear who needs Jan as much as Jan needs him. An adventure for music and folklore fans of all ages.

“Refreshing innocence… sheer charm” Cusp Magazine
“Witty…beautiful… wonderful…say you saw it first” Tempo House

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Sep
11
Tue
Emily Doolittle: The Night With… @ The Hug and Pint, Glasgow
Sep 11 @ 8:00 pm

The Night With… James Turnbull music for oboe, cor anglais and electronics.

James plays three sets of works ranging from Telemann to a world premiere by Peter Gregson, as well as Maxwell Davies, a work based on whale song by Emily Doolittle and Berio’s Oboe Sequenza.

  • Telemann Fantasia in A minor
  • Berio – Sequenza
  • John Casken – Amethyst Deceiver
  • Tansy Davies – Forgotten Game
  • Emily Doolittle – Social Sounds for Whales at Night
  • Sir Peter Maxwell Davies – First Grace of Light
  • Ross Edward – Ulpirra
  • Henri Tomasi – Evocations
  • Peter Gregson – Three Questions (wp)
  • Melinda Maxwell – Pibroch
Sep
12
Wed
Emily Doolittle: The Night With… @ The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
Sep 12 @ 7:30 pm

The Night With… James Turnbull music for oboe, cor anglais and electronics.

James plays three sets of works ranging from Telemann to a world premiere by Peter Gregson, as well as Maxwell Davies, a work based on whale song by Emily Doolittle and Berio’s Oboe Sequenza.

  • Telemann Fantasia in A minor
  • Berio – Sequenza
  • John Casken – Amethyst Deceiver
  • Tansy Davies – Forgotten Game
  • Emily Doolittle – Social Sounds for Whales at Night
  • Sir Peter Maxwell Davies – First Grace of Light
  • Ross Edward – Ulpirra
  • Henri Tomasi – Evocations
  • Peter Gregson – Three Questions (wp)
  • Melinda Maxwell – Pibroch