Amina Hussain is Principal Flute of the Manchester Camerata, and has been a freelance orchestral flute player for the past 23 years. She has worked with many major orchestras across the UK and abroad, playing BBC Proms concerts, festivals such as Glastonbury and Isle of Wight Festival, and numerous orchestral recordings and live broadcasts for radio and television, in both classical and pop.
Alongside her career as a stage performer, Amina has worked extensively in community and education, devising and participating in creative music-making for social development and wellbeing, and most recently specialising in dementia and older adult mental health. Her involvement in Manchester Camerata’s Music in Mind dementia programme, led Amina to take on a Masters in Music Therapy with Nordoff-Robbins, and in 2019 she qualified as a music therapist. This has put her in a unique position of being a music therapist resident within an orchestra, and allows for her roles as a performer, a community musician and a music therapist to develop and inform each other.
Amina is also Co-Director of String of Hearts CIC, which is passionate about connecting older adults through music-making, with face to face sessions, online groups and a Telephone Music Hotline for those without access to the internet, taking place in the local communities of Trafford, Wythenshawe and Manchester.