Emily Crichton

Emily Crichton

Key Facts


Originally from Manchester, Emily is a recent graduate of Magdalen College, Oxford, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree. She is now in the final year of the Guildhall Artist Masters programme (Orchestral Artistry) as a Musicians’ Company Orchestral Artistry Scholar. She currently has lessons with Gordon Hunt, Steven Hudson, Jane Marshall, and Alison Teale, and also studies the baroque oboe with Gail Henessey.

 At Oxford, she held a music scholarship as well as the faculty Ensemble ISIS scholarship on the oboe and cor anglais. Emily was awarded her DipABRSM whilst studying with David Cowdy at the Junior RNCM, where she frequently performed as both a soloist and chamber musician; Emily subsequently studied with Tom Blomfield on the Oxford-Royal Academy of Music scheme before taking up her place at Guildhall. As soloist, she performed Copland’s The Rainbow and Quiet City with the Vacation Chamber Orchestra, praised for her ‘rich’ cor anglais sound in the Craven Herald. 

Emily recently performed in a masterclass given by the internationally renowned oboist Alex Klein, and notable performances include Stravinsky’s Pulcinella and Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony in the Guildhall Chamber Orchestra with Joshua Weilerstein. Emily has played principal oboe and cor anglais in several other orchestras, including the Mozart Symphony Orchestra, the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, Oxford University Orchestra, OU Sinfonietta, Oxford Alternative Orchestra (OAO), Amadeus Orchestra, and St Cecilia Orchestra. She has also played with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra in concert in the inaugural year of their side-by-side scheme.

 Though heavily involved with the orchestral scene, Emily is also a keen chamber musician. She is principal oboe in the Guildhall Wind Soloists, conducted by Michael Collins, and also enjoys performing with several other small chamber ensembles formed during her studies.

 Emily is extremely grateful to The Musicians’ Company, the Leverhulme Trust and the Pendle Young Musician’s Bursary for their generous support toward her studies.

Award: GSMD Orchestral Artistry Scholarship 2021

Page updated: 30 January 2024