Elspeth Brooke is a composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music. She writes music for concerts and collaborates with theatre companies, choreographers and visual artists.
Elspeth has received commissions from leading UK ensembles and soloists including the London Sinfonietta, Britten Sinfonia, BBC Singers, Exaudi, The Clerks’ Group and Oliver Coates. Her music has been performed at the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Sadler’s Wells, Aldeburgh Festival, Al-Bustan Festival, Lebanon, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Her passion for collaboration has inspired her to create new work with a diverse and eclectic range of artists, including Rambert Dance Company, theatre makers Goody and Storey, and knitwear designer Brooke Roberts.
Elspeth is the recipient of the 2012 Arts Foundation Fellowship for opera composition. She was Composer in Residence at The Royal Opera in the 2012/13 Season, where her projects included a sound installation in response to Verdi’s ‘Va, pensiero’ chorus for the Deloitte Ignite Festival. She has held composer residencies with Aldeburgh Music, The Hospital Club and in Kalv and Gothenburg, Sweden.
She is also an experienced workshop leader and teacher, devising and leading a number of education projects for people of all ages and abilities. In the academic year 2015 – 16 Elspeth led a schools composition project for Brighton Early Music Festival and taught composition at Trinity Laban.
Elspeth read music at Cambridge University, studying composition with Tarik O’Regan and Alexander Goehr. She completed her Masters with Simon Bainbridge at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with Distinction and the DipRAM diploma. In 2015 she was made Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. She commenced her PhD at the RNCM in September 2016, under the supervision of Dr David Horne and Dr Larry Goves. Her PhD is funded by an RNCM Postgraduate Research Studentship.