Paula O'Malley

After several years of playing the piano, Paula started playing percussion at the age of nine through the local council music service in her hometown of Paisley, Scotland.  She soon started playing in the local orchestras and bands and successfully auditioned for the Junior Royal Conservatoire of Scotland at the age of thirteen, spending four years there under the tutelage of Ruari Donaldson and Pamella Dow, winning the Colin Currie Young Percussionist Award and was the principal percussionist of the symphony orchestra, percussion ensemble and wind orchestra during her time there. She played percussion in the West of Scotland Schools symphony orchestra for six years and has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, with Martin Gibson as orchestral percussion and timpani coach, for four years. She successfully toured China with them in August 2015. She has played at prestigious festivals and concert halls, including the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Edinburgh Usher Hall, Shanghai Grand Theatre, Beijing Concert Hall, The Sage Gateshead, the Three Choirs Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival. After a short period studying to degree level at the Royal Conservatoire Scotland, Paula now studies on the orchestral percussion course at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Paula joined the Kirkintilloch Band in 2014 and played in several contests with them including the British Open at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, the Scottish Championships and Scottish Open at Perth Concert Hall. Paula has also played with Whitburn Band and appeared with the Cooperative Funeralcare Band at the European Brass Band Championships in Freiburg in 2015. Paula now looks forward to her time with Black Dyke Band.