Holly Melia

How long have you been playing the flute?


Since I was 8, so 19 years!

What made you decide to play the flute?
A wind quintet came into my primary school to perform for us and I fell in love with the sound of the flute. I can remember thinking it sounded like birds, a flute was the first thing on my Christmas list for that year!
Where did you study?
I studied in Manchester, first at Chetham’s school of Music and then at the Royal Northern College of Music.


What is your favourite thing about playing in a chamber group?
The best thing about playing in Tempest is getting to make music at a very high level with two of my closest friends, something I would do for free that has somehow become part of my job. We get to play pieces that we love and put our own stamp on them, usually with a lot of giggles and hilarity on the way.


What is your favourite piece to play with Tempest?

That’s a very difficult one as I love them all, especially Helen’s arrangements. I think it is a tie between ‘Take the A Train - Billy Strayhorn arr. H.Wilson and Syrinx - Debussy arr. Tempest’.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not playing the flute?

I absolutely love gardening and garden design and even went to the Chelsea Flower Show last year! I really enjoy walking in the Lake District and ski-ing with my husband whenever we get the chance to go. Prosecco and ceilidhs would also appear close to the top of my list.

Orchestral Credits:

The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, English National Ballet Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Hallé Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Welsh National Opera Orchestra (Sub-Principal flute trial), Multi-Story Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru, British Sinfonietta, Southbank Sinfonia (Co-Principal flute 2014).        

Extra List:

London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Northern Ballet Sinfonia, Scottish Ballet Orchestra.

Competitions and Awards:
Finalist in Royal Over-Seas League Competition (2013), Winner of RNCM Gold Medal (2010), Winner of RNCM Concerto Competition (2010, 2014), 1st Prize at British Flute Competition- Performance Plus (2009), BBC Young Musician of the Year, woodwind semi-finalist (2008), Martin Musical/Philharmonia Orchestra Scholarship, Craxton Memorial Trust Award, Musicians Benevolent Fund Scholar
Orchestral training:

BBC Concert Orchestra side-by-side, (Principal Flute 2014), London Sinfonietta Academy (2012), LSO Academy (2007)
London Symphony Orchestra (Chamber Music Concert, LSO St. Luke’s 2014)
Concerto Soloist with Southbank Sinfonia (2014), U.K Premiere Lindberg Flute Concert (2011), Solo concert at British Flute Convention (RNCM), Bridgewater Hall, Troldhauden- Home do Edvard Grieg, Trondheim Chamber Music Festival.
Flute tutor at Merchant Taylors’ Prep School

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