Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

Amelie Addison

MMus, BA(Hons), DipABRSM

Amélie is a baroque cellist and a part-time PhD candidate investigating the life and compositions of William Shield (1748-1829), in particular his use of Scottish, Irish and other ‘national airs’.


Amélie first learned cello with Julia Watson through Gateshead Music Service, before studying with Myra Chahin and Alison McGillivray at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama. She went on to study baroqe cello with Susan Sheppard and Joseph Crouch at Trinity College of Music; her Masters’ thesis explored spiritual elements in the practice of Christian professional musicians. Amélie performs regularly with ensembles including Due Corde (tutors on Historically Informed Summer School), Akenside Players (Handel House Museum Musicians of the Month April 2013), Dei Gratia sacred baroque ensemble,and Concentus vii, whose album of Italian baroque sonatas and cantatas was released on Resonus Classics in January 2015. She has previously undertaken practical research into chordal techniques of figured bass realisation on the cello.

Amélie hopes her PhD will uncover details of William Shield’s early influences, and demonstrate how they shaped his compositional style; she also intends to explore how his works reflect contemporary perceptions of national identity and cultural trends during an era of profound social change.


Research Interests

  • Baroque performance practice – cello technique and continuo playing
  • English ballad and dialogue operas, and their socio-cultural and political context
  • Baroque and Classical chamber music
  • Baroque sacred music
  • Traditional music, especially of Britain and Ireland, and its use by eighteenth century art music composers

Research Projects & Grants

Masters’ supported by grants from Dewar Arts Awards, Leverhulme Trust, Trinity College of Music Scholarship, Pauline Holden Award, Matthew Hodder Trust, Reid Trust for the Education of Women, Kathleen Trust, Newby Trust, Finzi Trust, Earmark Trust and Hilda Martindale Trust

PhD supported so far by Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust and Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust.








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