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Lydia first trained as a concert pianist at Trinity College of Music. A love of accompanying singers then led her to train as and to become a repetiteur. She was given a contract in Tel Aviv - where Plácido Domingo had previously been contracted for 3 years - at the National Opera House, and also broadcast on Israeli radio.

Returning to London, she resumed theatrical work, this time as a musical director and rehearsal pianist. Her work has taken her across London's West End (at the Adelphi, Victoria Palace, Drury Lane, the Palladium, and Royal Shakespeare Company) and at the Southbank Center, playing in the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room.

Alongside this work came piano recitals, vocal coaching, piano teaching, piano duet work, and accompaniment. Piano duet concerts in London led to performances in Romania, and solo concerts have brought European cruises.

Lydia now works in all the above fields and has also made commercial recordings.


Pianist and Piano Teacher

"Lydia is a wonderful teacher and a very gifted pianist. K loved having her as his teacher and even now speaks about her. I have no hesitation in recommending her to you".
(Pupil's mother).

Lydia trained as a pianist at Trinity College of Music. She has made extensive appearances as concerto soloist, recitalist, solo and choral accompanist, piano duettist, musical director and chamber music pianist. She has also played on ballet and film soundtracks.

Regarded as a poetic pianist, Lydia has captivated audiences with imaginative recital programmes, especially on cruises. In her original approach to concert programming, she enjoys the freedom to explore her fascination with lesser-known repertoire and loves mixing composers of classical, Standards and film music. Acclaim from audiences ("Your concerts were the highlight of my cruise!") led to Lydia's CD The Romantic Style of Lydia Melleck.

Lydia strives to inspire people of all ages in their love of the piano. She has taught piano and musicianship in the Junior London College of Music at Thames Valley University, as well as the University of East London, and now has a thriving private practice.

Lydia worked as a music therapist in various psychiatric settings for 25 years, before training as a counsellor. She is a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.

Vocal Coach and Musical Director

Besides operatic and theatrical performances, Lydia worked at RADA as a vocal coach, pianist and accompanist for over 20 years. She also worked at Mountview Theatre School and the Guildhall School of Music as a vocal coach.

Her work as a musical director, pianist and rehearsal accompanist includes work throughout London’s West End (Adelphi Theatre, Victoria Palace, Drury Lane, the Palladium & Royal Shakespeare Company) and at Glasgow’s Citizens’ Theatre.

Lydia has devised musical shows for actor-singers over two decades and written her own vocal arrangements for trios and duets.
In recent years, together with actor Tom Conti’s wife Kara Wilson, she has performed musical comedy shows. Her love of working with actors, and the spoken word with music, produced the CD Musical Tales for Children.

Musical Tales for Children

Musical Tales for Children

Narration is by Conti and Wilson.
This includes: The Emperor’s New Clothes, Poulenc’s Babar the Elephant, Oona and the Giant, and Tchaikovsky’s Album for the Young, with story by Wilson.
Buy Musical Tales etc. for £9.99 from the Gift of Music.
Or Tel: 0844 248 9060
Track Listing:

  1. The Emperor's New Clothes, Read by Tom Conti.
  2. The Playroom, Music by Pyotr Il'itsch Tchaikovsky - Played by Lydia Melleck - Words by Kara Wilson - Read by Tom Conti.
  3. Oona and the Giant - Read by Tom Conti.
  4. Babar the Elephant, Music by Francis Poulenc - played by Lydia Melleck - Words by Jean de Brunhoff - performed by Kara Wilson

Accompanist and Duettist

Lydia became the Lieder class accompanist while training at Trinity College of Music. She also played with many different instrumentalists at Trinity, with violinists her favourite. Treasured moments, accompanying violinists, included the master class at the French Institute, with Robert Soetens, to whom Prokofiev dedicated his violin concerti. This spurred her to study the challenging repertoire for violin and piano.

Lydia went on to work as an accompanist to singing teachers at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for two years. She doubled as a rehearsal pianist for different musical theatre productions.

Lydia won a scholarship to become a repetiteur at the London Opera Centre. She also studied accompaniment with Geoffrey Parsons, while preparing for a competition open to singers, instrumentalists and accompanists, which she won. The prize was to give a recital at the Purcell Room, where, as well as the Queen Elizabeth Hall, she has appeared since many times, accompanying other solo singers and choirs.

Lydia began playing piano duets with her mother at a tender age and still loves this repertoire. She is currently diversifying into piano duos for two pianos, which offer new and exciting musical horizons.

Lydia has been the accompanist for the Hampstead Chamber Choir since its inception, and performs regularly alongside the Choir in concert.

The Romantic Style of Lydia Melleck

Lydia's CD, 'The Romantic Style of Lydia Melleck' is priced at £10.99. In order to purchase, please get in touch.

The Romantic Style of Lydia Melleck

Track Listing / Samples

1. Piazzolla - Libertango (3.49mb / 3m 45)
2. Bach - Prelude in Bb Major (1.59mb / 1m 45)
3. Chopin - Mazurka Op. 17 No. 4 in A Minor (3.9mb / 4m 15)
4. Gershwin - I got Rhythm (1.27mb / 2m 30)
5. Berlin - Change Partners (2.90mb / 3m 15)
6. Aaron Copland - Piano Blues No.1 (2.41mb / 2m 40)
7. Bach - Prelude in Bb Minor (2.29mb / 2m 30)
8. Daquin - Le Coucou (2.27mb / 2m 30)
9. York Bowen - Reverie (4.85mb / 5m 15)
10. Godowsky - Alt Wien (1.27mb / 2m 45)
11. Grieg - Nocturne (3.32mb / 3m30)
12. Chopin - Polonaise Op.26 No 1 (6.83mb / 7m 30)
13. Moeran - Irish Love Song (3.73mb / 4m 0)
14. Scriabin - Etude Op.2 No.1 (2.95mb / 3m 15)
15. Piazzolla - Cafe 30 (5.86mb / 6m 25)
16. Berlin - Putting on the Ritz (1.9mb / 2m 10)
17. Gershwin - Someone to Watch Over Me (4.16mb / 4m 34)
18. Berlin - Always (1.68mb / 1m 47)


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