Melinda has always had an interest in period performance, which led her to take up the Baroque Cello at college. She studied with Susan Sheppard and Pauline Nobes at the Royal Northern College of Music, and has since had coaching with Alison McGillivray in Glasgow.
Melinda has studied the performance practice of music, including Haydn’s String Quartets with David Ledbetter and Simon Rowland-Jones, and Beethoven’s Quartets with Kris Worsely. During her studies, Melinda was lucky enough to take part in an elective entitled “Nineteenth Century String Performance” taught by Clive Brown – one of the leading academics in performance practice. As part of this course, students performed a chosen quartet in the style of the nineteenth century.
As a result of this, Melinda pursued her interest into this subject for her Master’s dissertation, studying the works of George Onslow. Finding this composer relatively unknown and his works underperformed, Melinda has applied herself to finding new opportunities to perform Onslow’s works. She performed the Cello Sonata Op.16 No.3 in Glasgow this year, and No.1 of the same work in Switzerland. She has also collaborated with Northerly Winds in Manchester to perform the Nonet Op.77. She is a member of l’association George Onslow.
To read Melinda’s dissertation click here.
Melinda has performed in Manchester with I Fagiolini, the Leclair Ensemble, the RNCM Baroque Orchestra and featured at the Manchester Baroque Festival in 2009. She has performed continuo for Rameau’s opera Castor et Pollux for the Yorke Trust in 2008. She has recently been working with the Eris Ensemble in Scotland.
Melinda plays a ‘Davidoff’ model cello by Lu-Mi.