Name: Holly Melia
Born in Ilkley, Yorkshire, Holly Melia graduated with a first class honours degree from the Royal Northern College of Music having studied with Katherine Baker, Richard Davis and Wissam Boustany. She began playing the flute at the age of eight, winning a scholarship to study at Chetham’s School of Music in 2002.
She currently holds one of the flute positions in Southbank Sinfonia - Britain's young professional orchestra. Holly is also currently on trial for the position of Sub- Principal flute with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra, her other Orchestral credits include performing with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and playing principal flute alongside The BBC Concert Orchestra and the Royal Opera House Orchestra. Holly is on the extra work list with London Philharmonic Orchestra, Halle and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She has had invaluable orchestral training since gaining places on the London Symphony Orchestra’s St. Luke’s Woodwind Academy (2007) and London Sinfonietta Academy (2012).
As a solo artist, Holly was a finalist in the 2013 Royal Overseas League competition. She has won the RNCM concerto competition (2010 and 2013), the RNCM Gold Medal – the highest award for performance at the RNCM (2010), the British Flute Society Performance Plus competition, the Craxton Memorial Award and the Martin Musical Scholarship. In 2007 she was a woodwind semi-finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. She has also played as a concerto soloist around the UK and gave the UK premiere of Lindberg’s Flute Concerto ‘The World of Montuagretta’with the RNCM Chamber Orchestra.
Holly is a member of Tempest Flute Trio, winners of the Royal Overseas League Chamber Music Competition 2013. The ensemble won the Nonclassical “Battle of the Bands” competition resulting in an album deal on the Nonclassical record label. They performed as featured artists in the National Flute Association annual convention in Las Vegas, the British Flute Society convention in Manchester and have toured Germany and Switzerland where they opened the Lucerne chamber music series.