Maria is a freelance composer, teacher and flautist.

Maria studied music, composition, flute performance and education for the primary age range (BA(Ed)(Hons) at Christ Church College Canterbury, University of Kent.

She subsequently successfully studied for a MA in Music Education at the Institute of Education, University of London.

Maria’s teaching experience is varied and extensive; she has 25 years experience as a qualified teacher, music leader and Advanced Skills Teacher, teaching in primary schools in Surrey and Hertfordshire, of which 9 years were spent as an Advanced Skills Teacher for Music and English and 3 years as a Headteacher of a small primary school.

Maria now focuses full-time on music composition and research, continuing her postgraduate studies with the Open University.

Maria’s research interests are: Musical meaning, perception and ways of knowing; The influences that Edward Elgar himself perceived on his own compositions, 'Spaces Between' and original composition.

Maria’s compositions are influenced by literature, nature, the sea and the many places she has visited during her extensive travels of Britain.

Her musical influences are ancient sacred and secular polyphony and early twentieth century composers. Maria explores the spaces between the notes, musical phrases and harmonies, exploring ancient literature and music juxtaposed within a contemporary musical perspective.

Over the past twenty five years, Maria has created music resources and composed for children, students and adult ensembles.



Spiral  was played during Radio Cornwall's Virtual Festival on Sunday 30th August 2020.


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Maria Collings