Ellen Sargen is a composer based in Manchester. Her music centres largely around collaborative practice and Ellen has worked with the visual arts and sciences alongside her more regular collaborations with musicians in the UK and abroad.

Ellen Sargen is currently studying for a PhD at the Royal Northern College of Music, supported by the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership and supervised by Larry Goves and Steven Daverson. Her research interrogates new methods for collaboration with performers, specifically working to appropriately harness the unique behaviours and identities of her collaborative partners into the material of new works. Influenced by this work, Ellen’s practice as a composer-performer features personal narrative and has resulted in audiovisual and mixed media work.

Ellen is an associate composer of University of York Music Press. Her music has been performed across the UK and abroad where she has worked with ensembles including Ensemble Recherche, Ligeti Quartet, Ensemble 360, House of Bedlam, Psappha, Ensemble Notebene etc. Recent commissions include those from National Opera Studio, Classical Sheffield Festival and Music in the Round (2018-2020).

She is Music Director for CoMA Manchester, with whom she recently directed their Arts Council funded ‘Streaming Blue’ project (2021-2022), connecting local communities with their green and blue space through music, installation and discussion.