Melinda has been performing chamber music since she began the Cello, and her passion for the genre has grown. She was a member of the Serendipity Quartet from 2002-2003, a group made up of members of the West Australian Youth Orchestra, and performed with this group at the opening of the Australian Embassy in Berlin. Since arriving in the U.K., she has played with a variety of groups, taking part in the award-winning chamber music programme at the RNCM, directed by Christopher Rowland. Whilst a student she performed solo with the RNCM Chamber Ensemble, was a member of the Buta Piano Trio, and performed yearly in the RNCM’s Chamber Music Festivals.
Melinda’s most successful chamber group was the Watahiki Quartet, whom she played with until 2009. The quartet performed recitals around the Northwest, and took part in collaborative work with other musicians and groups. They have performed with Susannah Wapshott, Rob Gardiner, and Jane Sheldon, the latter with whom they reached the final of the Granada Prize in 2008. They were awarded the Hirsch Prize in this same year, a prize awarded for a performance of a Beethoven quartet. Studying under Christopher Rowland and Alasdair Tait, the group was also coached by Pavel Fischer, Steve Wilkie, Louise Lansdown, Roger Bigley, Malcolm Layfield, and members of the Sorrel, and Endellion Quartets. They were awarded scholarships to attend the Lake District Summer Music Course in 2006, where they were coached by and performed with the Chilingirian Quartet. In 2008 the quartet were invited to Madingley Hall in Cambridge to feature as guest performers at the Alberni String Quartet course.
Melinda has also held a keen interest in contemporary music, collaborating with student composers at the RNCM and Manchester University. She performed in Peter Maxwell Davies “The Lighthouse” – a production at the RNCM that was attended by the composer. She has also worked with John Metcalf in Aberystwyth, performing his works in the Musicfest 2005. More recently, she has performed in Britten’s “the Rape of Lucretia” with new up-and-coming company Elemental Opera and has also worked with Ailis Ni Riain on her production Sawn-off Opera in Manchester. Melinda also regularly supports and performs works by Laura Bowler, a composer whom she collaborated with at the RNCM. She has performed in chamber operas “My Friend Annie” and “Presenting the News” in the Tete a Tete and Grimeborn festivals in London. She has recently been performing with Etica, an ensemble in Perth.
Melinda is always working on new projects and working with new people, and has performed numerous chamber concerts around the UK including performing with the Tiefe Trio in Glasgow, Terra Nova in Manchester and with the Eris Ensemble around Scotland.
She is currently a member of the Chimera Ensemble, performing Piano Trios around Perth with Tommaso Pollio (piano) and Rebecca Glorie (violin).