Ellen Sargen is a composer and flautist based in Manchester. Her music & research centres largely around collaborative practice and Ellen has worked with the visual arts and science alongside her more regular collaborations with musicians in the UK and abroad. Her most recent work ‘candidate 3’ was a collaboration with both CN Lester and Ella Taylor and commissioned by the National Opera Studio for their 12:42 celebration project.

Ellen’s music has been performed by, among others, the Ligeti Quartet, Ensemble 360, NotaBene Ensemble, Tom Poster’s Kaleidoscope Collective and by soloists including Sarah Watts, Simon Twigge, Jonathan Ayerst, Chris Pidcock, Zi Lan Liao and Ella Taylor. Her work as composer-performer most recently resulted in ‘as in mirrors’, an audiovisual piece written for YouTube.

Ellen’s trio for horn, double bass and piano was commissioned by Music in the Round for their Chamber Festival in 2018 and a new work for soprano, contrabass clarinet and prepared percussion was commissioned for International Women’s Day through Classical Sheffield in 2019. Her music has been programmed in Lost and Sound’s ‘pop-up’ series in Sydney, Australia, in the University of Sheffield’s ‘forged in Sheffield’ and ‘sound laboratory’ series’, in Future Music #2 and also at Darmstadt International Music Festival, Leeds Lieder Festival, Cheltenham Music Festival and Landesmusikakademie Ochsenhausen in student concerts. 

Ellen completed her BMus in Music with a high first (2017) and MA in Composition with distinction  (2018) at The University of Sheffield, studying with Dorothy Ker and George Nicholson. She received the Gibbons Prize, the Mrs Stewart Blake BMus Prize and the Phillip John Lord Prize during this time. Ellen is currently studying for her PhD at the Royal Northern College of Music with Larry Goves and Steven Daverson, funded by the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership.