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Melanie McLoughlin

BMus (CSM ANU), MMus (RCM London), PGCE (IOE London)

Examiner Number: 1167

Melanie McLoughlin is a highly skilled and versatile trumpet performer and music teacher. She returned to Australia in 2007 after living in London for eight years. Since returning to Sydney she has performed with many fine ensembles, including the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia, Ensemble Offspring, Australian Baroque Brass, New Zealand Symphony and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. Melanie has recorded on numerous film/television recordings, and other commercial concerts include performing with the Black Arm Band, the Whitlams and Helmut Lotti on his Australian tour. She recently toured Australia with the West Side Story Company and performs at Opera in the Vineyards and Babies Proms each year. Melanie recently recorded on Justine Clarke’s (Playschool) album Little Day Out.

Melanie was a recipient of the Queen’s Trust Awards for Young Australians in 1999, which allowed her to study performance at the Royal College of Music, London. She was the first Australian female to undertake postgraduate trumpet studies at the RCM and went on to be awarded the highly prestigious Junior Fellowship in 2002. During this time she directed the successful trumpet ensemble, Blast RCM, who won the UK Brass Ensemble competition in 2001. She also directed and presented – in collaboration with the Australian High Commission – a series of concerts of Australian music, performed by Australian musicians across the UK.

Melanie was principal trumpet of Southbank Sinfonia from 2002–2004 and freelanced with the English National Opera, The Royal Philharmonic and The Philharmonia. At this time Melanie was awarded the Philharmonia Orchestral Martin Award, Walls Trust Award, Royal Overseas League prize and an Australian Music Foundation Award. As a soloist Melanie performed with the London Soloist Orchestra and at many festivals across Europe, including the Edinburgh, Cambridge and Sienna Festivals. She was invited to perform at Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral at memorial services for the Bali bombing – in the presence of HRH Queen Elizabeth II – which were televised worldwide on the BBC.

Melanie recorded as a soloist with Hyperion and Chester Music labels and is currently publishing a series of educational brass books with Jans Music, UK. Melanie is a qualified secondary school music teacher, regularly adjudicates eisteddfods and sits on audition panels for NSW selective schools music auditions.