Hello! Welcome to the website of Amélie Addison:

cellist, researcher and teacher.

I am a freelance cellist specialising in Baroque chamber music, and recently embarked on PhD studies at the University of Leeds, where I'm researching the music of Eighteenth century British composer William Shield, in particular his use of traditional folk tunes. I am also an experienced cello teacher covering all ability levels and styles of music, and currently work in an administrative capacity for ArtForms Leeds.

On this site you'll find information on my background, experience and specialisms, including:

  • teaching / education work
  • concert diary
  • information about ensembles I regularly play with
  • reviews

Please contact me to enquire about anything connected with my historical research, about arranging private cello tuition, booking an ensemble for a concert or function, or hiring me for orchestral / recording work or to lead educational workshops.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Amélie Addison (MMus, DipABRSM)


Amélie Addison grew up in Gateshead and received her first cello lessons from Julia Watson through Gateshead Schools' Music Service. She went on to study cello with Myra Chahin and Baroque cello with Alison McGillivray at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow, where she also participated in historically informed performances of Bach choral works with the Dunedin Consort under John Butt. Amélie was awarded scholarships to study Baroque cello and continuo with Susan Sheppard and Joseph Crouch at Trinity College of Music (2006-10)[1] and Dartington International Summer School (2008-9).

In September 2014 Amélie began a PhD on the Music of William Shield at the University of Leeds, supported by the Richard Stapley Educational Trust, Oppenheim John Downes Memorial Trust and Yorkshire Ladies Council for Education. http://music.leeds.ac.uk/people/amelie-addison/

Amélie has performed as an orchestral continuo cellist under Philip Thorby, Walter Reiter, Richard Egarr, Peter Holman, Robert Hollingworth and Paul Goodwin, and has also played with Linden, Suffolk and Essex Baroque Orchestras, for Ferdinand's Consort on their recording of early English cantatas, in the London Handel Festival, and for Rinaldo Consort's tour featuring Harry Enfield.

Amélie plays regularly with several period instrument chamber ensembles. Due Corde, with violinist Anne Marie Christensen, was formed to explore improvisatory bass line realisation in 18th century string repertoire: the duo has recorded an album of Italian sonatas and are string tutors on the Historically Informed Summer School which explores common ground between folk and early music. Akenside Players were winners of the Broadwood Ensemble Competition 2012 and perform baroque trio sonatas and classical string trios. Dei Gratia is an emerging period instrument chamber ensemble specialising in sacred music. Concentus vii recently released an album of Italian baroque cantatas and sonatas which has been praised on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune' programme.

Amélie also plays modern cello mainly for gospel outreach concerts and recordings (including performances at the Royal Albert Hall with the All Souls Orchestra, and Helen Shapiro’s latest album, 'What Wondrous Love is This', available from Manna Music www.mannamusic.co.uk ). 

Amélie has worked as a cello teacher, chamber music coach and community music practitioner in the North East, Scotland, Essex, London and Leeds.

Amélie plays a transitional Montagnana-model cello handmade by Ralph Plumb of Hexham, Northumberland.

[1] Amelie was supported in her studies by scholarships from Trinity College of Music, Dewar Arts Awards, Leverhulme Trust, Matthew Hodder Trust, Reid Trust for the Education of Women, Kathleen Trust, Newby Trust, Finzi Trust, Earmark Trust and Hilda Martindale Trust.




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