Past Events


Manchester Children’s Hospital

Weekly interactive music sessions on ward 75 and Galaxy House

La Sala Rosa, Montreal

Distractfold performs Hanna Hartman, Michelle Lou + Billone.

9–14 April 2018

Paine Hall, Harvard University

Distractfold in residence for Harvard Group for New Music.

Great North Museum, Newcastle

Chamber performance with talk from composer Mark Carroll

Town Hall, Kendal

Schubert, Britten and Enescu with duo partner Duncan Honeybourne

Durham University

Guest lecture for 3rd year Contemporary Music Performance module.

Southbank Centre, London

Distractfold performs new Nordic music at the Southbank centre

The Warehouse, London

Music by Jarnegard, Croft, Xenakis, Erber, Lim + Johnson

Emma Richards laughing during a rehearsal

8–13 August 2017

Kalv, Sweden

Distractfold presents two concerts and talks about their work.

Pound Arts Centre, Corsham

Schubert, Clarke, Bach + Bridge with duo partner Cordelia Williams


Schubert, Clarke, Bach + Bridge with duo partner Cordelia Williams

1–9 April 2017

Stanford University, California

Distractfold in residence for composers at Stanford University

10–11 March 2017

Halle St Peters, Manchester

Distractfold presents + curates the 2017 Cut and Splice Festival

The Swedenborg Society, London

Distractfold performs at The Swedenborg Society. Program tbc

Phipps Hall, Huddersfield University

Ensemble Grizzana presents a concert of works by acclaimed Swiss composer Jurg Frey. Frey is the ‘Composer in Residence at this years HCMF

Wiltshire Music Centre, Wiltshire

Emma joins Anthony Bailey for a performance of Mozart’s beautiful Kegelstatt Trio at the Wiltshire Music Centre.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

St Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the UK’s largest festival of new and experimental music, will present Ensemble Interface as part of their highly anticipated hcmf// shorts programme.

Les Rendez-Vous Contemporains de Saint-Merry, L’Eglise Saint-Merry, Paris

soundinitiative hosts Distractfold for a concert in Paris. The ensembles will join forces for the concert finale.

International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester

Distractfold hosts Parisian ensemble soundinitiative for a concert in Manchester. The ensembles will join forces for the concert finale.

soundinitiative ensemble photo

Gdańsk, Poland

Distractfold performs music by Pierluigi Billone, Hanna Hartman, Katie Young and Michelle Lou.

Distractfold Ensemble monogram

International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester

Opening concert for season 2015/16

Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

Zest Fest with Medical Notes team at RMCH

The Nave, Islington, London

Distractfold performs at the Nave in London. Program includes Mani Giacometti by Pierluigi Billone, Spleen by Olga Neuwirth and Rejoice! by Sofia Gubaidulina

Aula Nova, Poznań

Df string trio concert at the 44th International Contemporary Music Festival in Poznań.

International Antony Burgess Foundation, Manchester

Distractfold Ensemble performs Hanna Hartman and Pierluigi Billone, followed by Dan Brew on eletric guitar

Fonderie Kugler, Geneva

Otras Máquinas – Distractfold Ensemble performs alongside Geneva’s Ensemble Vortex.

Gare du Nord, Basel

Distractfold has been invited by the Swiss International Society for New Music to perform at their pretigious venue Gare du Nord

International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester

Distractfold shares the stage with guests Wet Ink Ensemble from New York

Museo de Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain

Pierluigi Billone – Mani Giacometti for string trio, Salvatore Sciarrino – Tre Notturni Brillanti for viola solo, Mauricio Pauly – It’s Fleece Electrostatic for violin and electronics.

Distractfold Ensemble presents works by Santiago Diez-Fischer, Anna Clyne, Mauricio Pauly and Rodrigo Constanzo

30–31 August 2014

Wiltshire Music Centre , Wiltshire, UK

Walton Viola Concerto with Wiltshire and Swindon Youth Orchestra and conductor Tim Redmond

22–24 August 2014

Saint-Silvain-sous-Toulx, Creuse, France

Distractfold is ensemble in residence at Le Bruit de la Musique festival in Creuse, France.

2–16 August 2014

Boost! ENSEMBLE 2014 project at 47th International Summer Course for New Music


Distractfold Ensemble: Programme (TBA)

Distractfold Ensemble monogram

Fondation Biermans-Lapôtre, Paris, France

soundinitiative: new works by Colin Tucker & Januibe Tejera, plus music by Morton Feldman and Simon Steen-Andersen

soundinitiative ensemble photo

Leeds Contemporary Music Festival, Leeds, UK

Distractfold Ensemble: music by Harvey, Karski, Croft, Pauly, Potter, Evanoff & Grisey

Ithaca College, New York, USA

Distractfold Ensemble: music for string trio and clarinet (TBA)

23–24 March 2014

International Contemporary Music Festival, Poznan, Poland

Distractfold Ensemble: music by Harvey, Karski, Croft, Pauly, Potter, Evanoff & Grisey

Distractfold Ensemble monogram

10–11 March 2014

St Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield, UK

Distractfold Ensemble: a new work by Michelle Lou plus music by John CroftFabrice Fitch and UofH postgraduate students

Avon Valley Concert Series, Ringwood, UK

Emma Richards & Cordelia Williams: works by Schubert, Britten, Schumann and Brahms

Emma RIchards & Cordelia Williams

Theatre Royal Dress Circle Bar, Nottingham, UK

Emma Richards & Cordelia Williams: works by Schubert, Brahms, Mozart & Britten

Emma RIchards & Cordelia Williams

International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester, UK

Distractfold Ensemble: premieres of works by Dan Vezza & John Croft

Distractfold Ensemble monogram

International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester, UK

Distractfold Ensemble: flute quartets by Jonathan Harvey & Fabrice Fitch with electroacoustic works by Constantin Popp and John Young

Eglise Saint-Merry, Paris, France

soundinitiative: music from Argentina, including new works by Santiago Díez Fischer and Ezequiel Menalled

soundinitiative ensemble photo

Northwest Composer’s Festival, Manchester, UK

Concert with Distractfold Ensemble

Distractfold Ensemble monogram

2–7 October 2013

Manchester, UK

Recording new string trios by Martin Iddon and Santiago Díez Fischer

12–16 September 2013

Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Portugal

Architectural Association Interprofessional Studio Flow Fields

Neston Parish Church, UK

Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with Neston Festival Orchestra

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart