Meet our 2023 selected Emergent Artists!

Image of three circles with different people inside. Circle one has a bright orange background and a woman with glasses and curly hair sitting down. Circle two is a black and white portrait of a woman and circle three is a photo of a woman speaking into a microphone who is in a wheelchair. Below is text saying Meet Our 2023 Emergent Artists and the circles are against a turquoise and yellow background.

We’re so excited to introduce to you our selected 2023 Emergent Artists!

Just a little recap, our Emergent Artist programme is a part of our professional development programme for Deaf and/orDisabled musicians. The three selected artists have the opportunity to make new music and develop their creative skills and gain a bursary of £1000.

So let’s get to know more about our fantastic new artists…


Photograph of an early 20s white woman with brown curly short hair sits on the ground holding a mysterious smirk painted in brown lipstick, in front of a warm orange background. Her legs are open with her knees up and elbows resting on them. The perspective is distorted with a fisheye lens so her legs and feet appear larger than reality. She wears brown leather cowboy boots, dark and light brown argyle print trousers, and a sparkly brown long striped sleeve top. Her nails are painted burgundy, and she has silver rings on each finger, a beaded bangle on one wrist, a brown pendant necklace, and brown aviator sunglasses. Against a yellow and light green background.

About Rivkala

Rivkala is an emerging Newcastle-based neo-soul artist, songwriter, singer and pianist, and an alumni of Generator NE’s First Notes programme, funded by Youth Music. Raised in Manchester on a varied diet of jazz, funk, disco, psych rock and soul, her writing is flavoured with their broad influence, characterised by catchy melodic hooks, bass-driven grooves and socially poignant lyrics.  

Find out more…

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A black and white photograph of a young women, 22 years old with dark long stripped back hair who is white, non-binary / androgynous, with one of their hearing aids visible. They have big eyes staring at the camera and are wearing a black turtleneck. The photo is against a yellow and green background.

About Geo 

Geo Aghinea (b. 2001, Romania) is a London-based producer, composer, and vocalist who continuously strives to create a distinctive soundscape that reflects their experience as a deaf musician who hears through a synthetic mechanism: hearing aids.  

As heard on their self-produced EP titled ‘I’ll Hand You A Hand’, Geo’s sound design, ethereal vocals, and poetic language create experimental, avant-garde immersive spatial sonic spaces that take listeners on emotive journeys. 

Find out more… 

Follow Geo on Instagram

Check out Geo’s website 

Listen to Geo on Bandcamp

Listen to Geo on Spotify


A white woman in her early 20's with dark, bobbed hair with a full fringe and shaved sides. She has dark eye make-up and lipstick, and wears metal-rimmed glasses, a white button-up shirt and a black waistcoat. In front of a backdrop of large floor to ceiling glass windows, she sits in a powered wheelchair, surrounded by tables covered in technology and singing into a microphone.


Elizabeth J. Birch Bio

Elizabeth J. Birch is an undefined glitch. Fusing electronic sounds with evocative stories, she continues to baffle the system with her tech-wizardry and emotive vocals. A vocalist, composer, producer and tech-enthusiast, she believes that “music is for all,” and she strives for authenticity, intoxicated by how different sounds can create, and convey, emotional states. She is inspired by boundary-blurring artists such as Low, Gary Numan and David Bowie, as well as everyday occurrences and the world around her.

Find out more…

Follow Elizabeth on Instagram

Like Elizabeth on Facebook 

Find Elizabeth on Youtube

Listen to Elizabeth on Bandcamp

Listen to Elizabeth on Spotify