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



Emily Doolittle: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra @ Orpheum Annexe, Vancouver
May 13 @ 7:30 pm

A Short, Slow Life

  • Conductor / Performers

    Bramwell Tovey conductor

  • Repertoire

    Emily Doolittle ◊

    A Short, Slow Life*

    Kati Agócs ◊


    Kati Agócs ◊


    Jocelyn Morlock ◊


    Bramwell Tovey ◊

    New Work
    (World Première)*+~

A Short, Slow Life is a meditation on love, devotion, and the fragility of time, featuring scenes from Bramwell Tovey’s latest opera. Written with Joel Ivany, it explores life in the slums of the East End, where The Salvation Army, led equally by men and women, struggles to make a positive impact on the lives of London’s most disadvantaged.