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Rush Hour Concert: Melinda Maxwell
Wednesday 14th November 2018, 6pm   
Michael Tippett Centre, Newton Park Campus
Full Price £5 | Conc £3 | BSU Students & Staff Free     

About the Concert

Melinda Maxwell - Oboe

Maxwell 'Nadaswaram Improvisation'
Bruno Maderna Solo (1971)
Elliott Carter Inner Song (1992)
Luciano Berio Sequenza VII (1969)
Maxwell 'Oboe Improvisation’

Melinda read music at York University and studied in Germany with Ingo Goritzki and Helmut Winschermann; she has performed as soloist at many festivals including Edinburgh, Aldeburgh and Cheltenham and abroad at the Holland and Aarhus Festivals. She has given many recitals and is frequently heard on BBC Radio 3.

In addition to her work as a chamber musician and recitalist, she is Principal Oboe of the Endymion Ensemble and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and also performs regularly as Principal with the London Sinfonietta, and for film sessions with the London Metropolitan Orchestra. She is also a member of the improvisation group Notes Inegales.

Melinda has taught at the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College in London and has been giving masterclasses at the Dartington International Summer School since 1992. She also coaches at the Britten-Pears and NYO summer courses, and in 2013 was awarded an MMus in Jazz Studies from the Birmingham Conservatoire.

Over the years several works have been written for Melinda by composers including Simon Bainbridge, Nicholas Maw, Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Simon Holt (whose works for Melinda include Banshee, Sphinx for cor anglais and tuned gongs, and Disparate/Disparate Dos). Other composers who have written for her include Howard Skempton, Robert Saxton, Jo Kondo, Philip Cashian, David Knotts and Wilfred Mellers.
Melinda is also an accomplished composer, among her pieces are Pibroch and Song for Sidney for solo oboe, a work for double-reed ensemble, Crane Dance, written for the RNCM Woodwind Day in 2008, and ensemble pieces with strings. Singla Rock for mixed quintet was premiered by Endymion at King’s Place in 2009.

Melinda’s CDs include Melinda Maxwell in Manchester: Music for Oboe from the RNCM, Birtwistle’s 26 Orpheus Elegies and Pulse Sampler(among numerous others) for NMC.

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