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Getting to know… Jamie Elless

Meet Jamie Elless, a University of Nottingham graduate who particularly enjoys composing for the Double Bass.


What are you looking forward to about being part of Opus 1?

Working and engaging directly with other musicians in-person after what feels like a million years.


Who has been your biggest musical influence so far?

The American composer Julia Wolfe.


What inspires you to compose?

The thrill of creating something entirely unique, of delving deeply into a new subject and presenting what I’ve found through sound.


Why do you think creating new music is important?

New music provides a crucial platform to underrepresented groups, giving people the power and opportunity to be seen and heard.


If you could write a brand-new piece for anyone in the world, who would you choose?

The amazing pianist Vicky Chow.


What is the hardest thing about being a composer?

Working on a piece without direct contact with and feedback from performers; lockdown really exaggerated this problem and made writing music extremely challenging.


What’s your biggest compositional ambition?

Finishing this piece for Opus 1 would be a great achievement!


What 3 pieces of music would you have to have on your desert island?

Dolmen Music by Meredith Monk
Soledad y el Mar by Natalia Lafourcade
Ain’t No Pleasing You by Chas and Dave


What is the best snack?

Bourbon creams
(Jamie would also like to recognise popular TV baker Paul Hollywood in this section, but we’re not sure if Paul counts as a legit snack – Ed.)


You can hear Jamie’s music on their Bandcamp and you can also follow them on Twitter here.

Click here to meet our other Opus 1 composers