AMELIA CLARKSON

ABOUT

         From County Down in Northern Ireland, Amelia currently works between Belfast, London and Gdansk, creating politically-motivated work, juxtaposing folk and classical influences in her approach.  Her music has been performed at venues and events across the UK including the Southbank Centre, the Elgar Concert Hall, Blackheath Halls, the Presteigne, Leeds Lieder and Herne Hill festivals and featured on BBC Radio 3. She has crafted pieces specifically for individual performers including the Central Band of the RAF, The Hermes Experiment and the New Woods Collective. Amelia's work is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. 

 

Amelia received the National Concert Hall's Sounding the Feminists Mid-Career/Emerging Commissioning award in February 2021. She is currently working on I AM LEDA for small ensemble, for performance in the 2021-22 season. Recent projects include A Picture on the Wall a commission from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force, which is a 12-minute work based on the WWII memoir of her Great Uncle, exploring aspects of memory. The Presteigne Festival commissioned her to write Through His Gaze, a song-set for tenor Bradley Smith and harpist Oliver Wass, which premiered at Presteigne Digital in August 2020. The work deconstructs three poems by W. B. Yeats, examining the speaker's simultaneous adoration and resentment of women. This song-set received the 2nd place Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Prize in the 2020 Philip Bates Trust Prize.

Amelia's research is centered on exploring issues related to attitudes to sexual consent through cross-collaborative practice, and she is currently working on a vocal work which marries evidence from the 2018 Belfast Rape Trial with classical Shakespearean text. She also uses her music to reflect on her experience of post-Troubles Ireland, completing her masters research project under Sam Hayden on the use of illusion and appropriation in politically-centered contemporary orchestral music. She is dedicated collaborator with  musicians, theatre artists, writers and  classical and contemporary choreographers and dance artists. Her lengthy collaboration with choreographer and soloist Ruaidhrí Maguire was described by industry peers as 'astounding', the fruit of which was one-act ballet Dear Francesbased on the life of the wife of gangster Reggie Kray.  Her collaboration with Maguire is ongoing, as they commence work on a new youth-ballet for performance 2022 based on the Peace People movement in 1970's Belfast, with research and development supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Amelia took Music at Cardiff University, graduating in 2017 with first class honours. From 2017-19 she completed her Masters of Music in Composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, receiving a distinction. There she studied under Deirdre Gribbin, Errollyn Wallen CBE, Edward Jessen and John Ashton Thomas, as a Trinity College London Scholar and with the support of the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust.  In November 2018, Amelia received the Worshipful Company of Musicians' 2018 Silver Medal for Trinity Laban, becoming the only female composer on their prestigious Yeomen Young Artist programme and the first composer to receive the medal for the college. She also was the recipient of the  the Pro Youth Philharmonia's commissioning competition in conjunction with the college, resulting in the tour A Beacon of Hope in the orchestra's 2019 UK tour. Amelia's music carries influences from her traditional folk roots and performance background as a classically trained soprano and flautist.

 

Full CV available on request. 

Images by Sarah Court, Sam Hunter Photography and Juliette Koch.

©2021 Amelia Clarkson