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         From County Down in Northern Ireland, Amelia (b. 1995) currently works between Belfast, Dublin and Manchester  on politically-motivated music, juxtaposing folk and classical influences in her approach. Her music has been described as "inherent elusiveness.. ..beautifully captured" (Het Parool).

Spanning dance, stage and concert hall, Amelia's music has been performed across the UK and Ireland including Opera Holland Park, South Bank Centre, the Elgar Concert Hall, King's Place, Hugh Lane Gallery and Wigmore Hall. She was the National Concert Hall and Sounding the Feminists's  recipient of the Mid-career/Emerging Commissioning Award and is currently writing a new work for the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland as a 2024 Composer Lab Composer, facilitated by CMC in association with RTE Lyric FM. She has created new pieces for ensembles including Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble, Crash Ensemble and the Central Band of the Royal Air Force. 


Amelia is a dedicated collaborator with musicians, theatre artists, writers and dance artists. Her lengthy collaboration with choreographer and classical dancer Ruaidhrí Maguire has resulted in one-act ballet Dear Frances (2019, Blackheath Halls), a film for mobile application Corners (2023), and most recently, two act ballet White Doves (2023, The MAC) as Composer in residence with Six Dance Collective. Most recently, she created a new score for Ephemeral (2024, national tour) by choreographer Wubkje Kuindersma commissioned by the Dutch National Ballet for the Junior Company's 10th Anniversary tour. 

Amelia is the 2022 Mendelssohn Scholar. Awarded to a composer for for advanced study since 1856, this scholarship supports her current PhD at the RNCM, supervised by Laura Bowler and Gary Carpenter.  Her creative practice has been supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, PRS Foundtion Women Make Music, Vaughan Willians Foundation and Hinrichsen Foundation and she is represented by the Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland as an Associate Composer.

As a current PhD candidate at the Royal Northern College of Music, Amelia is supervised by Laura Bowler and Gary Carpenter. Amelia's research is centered on creating new music for dance and stage which aims to challenge attitudes to sexual consent through cross-collaborative practice. Amelia gratefully acknowledges support from the RNCM and the Mendelssohn Scholarship  which makes her doctoral research possible.

Prior, 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. As a Trinity College London Scholar and with the support of the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust, she studied under Deirdre Gribbin, Errollyn Wallen CBE, Edward Jessen and John Ashton Thomas. In November 2018, Amelia received the Worshipful Company of Musicians' 2018 Medal for Trinity Laban, joining the prestigious Yeomen Young Artist Programme as the first composer to receive the medal for the college. 


Amelia's music carries influences from her traditional Irish folk background and classical training as a soprano and flautist.



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