Amelia Clarkson (b. 1995) is a Northern Irish composer based in London. Amelia took music at Cardiff University, graduating in 2017 with first class honours. She is currently studying towards her masters in composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance under the tutelage of Deirdre Gribbin, John Ashton Thomas, Errollyn Wallen MBE and Edward Jessen as a Trinity College London Scholar. Amelia is also generously supported by the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust and this year, she was honoured to be selected as Trinity Laban’s nominee to receive the Worshipful Company of Musicians 2018 Silver Medal.
Amelia’s music juxtaposes classical and folk-elements that reflect her performance background with post-tonal harmonies, often exploring and responding to contemporary issues. Recent performances of Amelia’s work include the premieres of vocal works ‘Screaming Moon’ at the 2018 Leeds Lieder Festival, and ‘Dear Frances’, a short opera work based on the life of Frances Kray. Autumn 2018 saw the premiere of Bring Back Big Ben, a new musical for young performers, commission by the Herne Hill Music Festival. Amelia’s radio debut came with the broadcasting of her contemporary folk song, ‘Altaneigh’ on BBC Radio 3 in June and January 2019 will bring the premiere of ‘A Beacon of Hope’, Amelia’s first orchestral work, toured as part of a programme by the Pro Youth Philharmonia.
Musicians’ Company Award: 2018 Silver Medal – Trinity Laban Conservatoire
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