BCMG Oboist Melinda Maxwell

Melinda Maxwell

Oboe

Melinda has performed worldwide as soloist and chamber musician in Europe, Japan, Africa and the USA and at all the major UK Festivals. Many pieces have been written for her: Simon Bainbridge, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Simon Holt, Howard Skempton and Nicholas Maw to name a few. As a composer her pieces include Pibroch for solo oboe, Elegy for oboe and piano and Song for Sidney for solo oboe and three drone oboes. There are also various other works and ensemble pieces with strings. Her many recordings have been critically acclaimed. In 2007 and 2009 two solo CDs were voted CD of the month for BBC Music Magazine and the Guardian.

She is principal oboe of the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and the Endymion Ensemble and performs regularly as principal with the London Sinfonietta, the Hilliard Ensemble and for film sessions with the London Metropolitan Orchestra. She has taught at the Royal Academy of Music, Trinity College London, and is a tutor at various Britten-Pears courses and the National Youth Orchestra. She is Consultant in Woodwind Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and is currently taking a Masters degree in Jazz studies at Birmingham Conservatoire.

Melinda’s enduring BCMG memory is performing in BCMG’s revolutionary rural tours. In particular she remembers with great affection playing a new piece by Simon Holt for oboe and counter tenor – Simon was with us and spoke about this piece between two performances of it – and that the concerts were always well attended and there was much curiosity and enthusiam about new music in general. Melinda found the concerts very inspiring, not only because of there unusual and distant locations in village halls or tiny churches, but also because BCMG was giving music to a public and a community that really wanted to hear this music and could not always travel to the CBSO centre for it.