British violist Emma Richards is based in the North East of the UK and performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. Emma completed her undergraduate degree at the Royal Northern College of Music before receiving a Countess of Munster Musical Trust award to pursue postgraduate studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main. This season takes Emma to Luxembourg, the USA, Sweden and Austria as well as throughout the UK. She is the violist of the award winning Distractfold Ensemble and frequently guests with many international chamber groups such as soundinitiative (Paris), Ensemble Interface (Frankfurt) and Ensemble Lemniscate (Basel). This year Distractfold brought Cut and Splice Festival to Manchester to great critical acclaim, and the festival was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Emma has released several chamber music recordings under the label Another Timbre, the most recent of which, Drifter, received a 5-star review in the Guardian. Future commitments include a second residency at Harvard University and a project to record a cycle of new works by UK composer John Croft. Emma is passionate about bringing music to healthcare settings and currently works as Music for Health Practitioner at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and as a Jessie’s Fund musician bringing live music to children’s hospices and SEN settings. She has recently completed a project working with asylum seekers in Huddersfield and with prisoners at HM Prison Leeds.