Paula O'Malley

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2019

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Percussion

Location: Royal College of Music

Paula started playing percussion at the age of nine in her hometown of Paisley, Scotland. Spending four years at the Junior Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, she was principal percussionist of all orchestras there and won the prestigious Colin Currie Young Percussionist Award.
Paula is now in her final year of study for her undergraduate degree at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. In September 2019, she will move to London to commence her postgraduate degree at the Royal College of Music in London, kindly supported by Help Musicians UK.
Paula has played in the Halle Orchestra on several occasions in the Bridgewater Hall and Sheffield City Hall, performing Rachmaninov’s ‘Third Symphony’ and Vaughan Williams ‘A London Symphony’. She has also performed many times in the RNCM Symphony Orchestra, including in Mahler’s ‘Fifth’ and ‘Ninth’ Symphonies, Ravel’s ‘Daphnis and Chloe’, Stravinsky’s 'Petrushka' and in the RNCM Opera orchestra in Humperdinck’s ‘Hansel and Gretel’ and Vaughan Williams’s ‘A Pilgrim’s Progress’.
A member of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland for six years, she has played at prestigious concert halls, including the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall, Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, The Sage Gateshead and the Shanghai Grand Theatre. Additionally, Paula toured internationally to Japan, New York, France, Ireland and to the KKL Luzern as both a soloist and member of the Black Dyke Band for three years.
Paula is a member of the unique ‘Broma Duo’, a clarinet and percussion duo, based in Manchester.