Oboe – Melanie Ragge

Melanie Ragge

Photo: Anthony Upton

Melanie Ragge has performed nationally and internationally as a recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral player in venues as far flung as Vancouver Island, Malta, & northern Sweden as well as UK venues such as St John’s Smith Square, the Royal Opera House and Wigmore Hall.

Originally a medical student at King’s College Cambridge, Melanie ultimately graduated with an MPhil in Musicology. She was subsequently awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship at the Royal College of Music where she studied piano with Phyllis Sellick, oboe with Michael Winfield, and contemporary oboe with Edwin Roxburgh.

Melanie has collaborated with a wide variety of international artists including the Dante & Schidlof string quartets, pianists Ann Martin-Davis, Michael Dussek, Susanna Stranders and Angela Hewitt, and baritone Gerald Finlay. Over the last few years, performances have included recitals with Angela Hewitt and the New London Chamber Ensemble at Wigmore Hall, the premiere of a newly commissioned Nonet by Martin Butler with the NLCE and Dante Quartet at the Cheltenham Festival, touring and recording a new version of Mahler’s 10th Symphony at the Philharmonie Hall in Berlin, and with the Ellipsis Ensemble, at the Royal Opera House.  She has recently recorded a disc of Martin Butler’s chamber music with the NLCE and Navarra string quartet for NMC.

Melanie began her collaboration with Susanna Stranders, with whom she formed ‘Ellipsis’ in 2009, since when they have enjoyed devising and performing intriguing and varied programmes for small ensembles centred around a flute, oboe and piano trio.

A passionate and committed educator, Melanie regularly coaches and gives masterclasses; she has been a guest tutor for numerous projects, including Chamber Music International, the Aberystwyth Music Festival, Hamburg  Hochschule für Musik und Theater  and the Penderecki Musik Akademie.   She is an oboe Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, teaches at the Purcell School of Music, and is the Associate Director and woodwind tutor for the National Youth Chamber Orchestra of Great Britain.  Her scientific interest continues in the form of ongoing research into the use of Electromyography to help to reduce strain injuries in musical training.