Biography

Jamie Elless (they/she) is a composer, performer and artist from the Midlands. She is currently a Gareth Neame scholar at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, studying composition with Laura Bowler and Gwyn Pritchard and harpsichord with James Johnstone. Jamie completed her BA and MRes degrees in Music at the University of Nottingham, studying the latter as a Henry Thomas Mitchell scholar with Elizabeth Kelly and Duncan MacLeod.

Jamie's music has been performed and workshopped by: YCP Birmingham (2014-16); 315 Ensemble (2017, 2021); KOMPOSIT (2018); Villiers Quartet (2018); Royal Northern Sinfonia (2019); Weller Collective (2019); James Banner (2021-22); Duo Selva-Antongirolami (2021); Britten Sinfonia (2021); Terra Invisus (2022); Riot Ensemble (2022); the Contemporary Music Group (2022) and Steph Clark (2022). Jamie won the Final Year Prize in Composition in 2019 and the Bernard Slee Prize for Opera in 2021 from the University of Nottingham, and won the Daryl Runswick Composition Competition in 2022.

Much of Jamie's work centres around alternative notation, queerness in sound and composition as fine art, often leading to explorations of the natural, the ethereal and the mysterious. She draws inspiration from worldwide folk traditions, medieval European music and acoustic phenomena as well as graphic design principles to create unique scores that blend experimentation with radical flexibility and accessibility.

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Jamie Elless

Anna Kent

This composer has self-identified as LGBTQ+ - part of a platform intervention celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month 2021.

Through it we want to create a safe and inclusive digital space that allows for greater representation, celebration and recognition of LGBTQ+ composers and music-creators, whilst bringing their work to a wider audience.