Originally from 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 was under the tutelage of Deirdre Gribbin, John Ashton Thomas, Errollyn Wallen CBE and Edward Jessen, 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 Musicans' 2018 Silver Medal for Trinity Laban, becoming the only female composer on their yeomen scheme.

Amelia creates dramatically-motivated works which explore potent and fragile issues.  Investigating social and political issues as stimuli through her creative practice,  she is an active collaborator with both musicians and artists of other forms including classical and contemporary choreographers and theatre artists. Her lengthy collaboration with choreographer and soloist Ruaidhrí Maguire was described by a Trinity Laban panel as 'astounding', the fruit of which was one- act ballet Dear Francesbased on the life of the wife of gangster Reggie Kray.  The work was performed by soloists from the Baltic Opera Ballet and a chamber orchestra conducted by Jonathan Mann at Blackheath Halls in June 2019.  Her collaboration with Maguire is ongoing.

As a result of a competition, Amelia was commissioned by the Pro Youth Philharmonia orchestra, led by conductor and flautist Wissam Boustany in conjunction with Trinity Laban.  Upon winning the competition Amelia was commissioned to write a work based on the theme of peace, a piece which contributed to her masters research of contemporary orchestral works written in response to political issues. With the support of Sam Hayden, Amelia used practice based research in her creative process in investigating the impact of politically-motivated processes on the music.  January 2019 saw the premiere of  A Beacon of Hope in the orchestra's UK tour.

Amelia's music carries influences from her traditional folk roots and performance background as a classically trained soprano.  She has written a range of music from choral works, to a short chamber opera piece (performed at the Southbank Centre) to works crafted specifically for individual performers including The Hermes Experiment and the New Woods Collective.  Her art song 'Screaming Moon' was premiered at the 2018 Leeds Lieder Festival by Juliette Koch and Arturo Irisarri whilst contemporary folk song 'Altaneigh' written specifically for Persha Darling was broadcast by BBC Radio 3 in June 2018.  Beyond her work with classical musicians, Amelia has also worked with musical theatre performers, penning the music, lyrics and book for her first children's musical Bring Back Big Ben which premiered at the 2018 Herne Hill Festival. 

Current projects include a new work for the Central Band of the Royal Air Force and a commission from the 2020 Presteigne Festival.

London, UK

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

©2020 Amelia Clarkson