St Bride's: Music

Neil Bellingham

Neil Bellingham

Neil was born in London and studied philosophy and psychology at New College, Oxford. He currently studies singing with Russell Smythe. Neil enjoys performing a wide range of repertoire as both a soloist and a consort singer. In recent years he has particularly enjoyed working extensively with Emmanuelle Haïm and Le Concert d'Astrée including staged productions of Monteverdi Orfeo, Bach St John Passion, Rameau Dardanus, Purcell Dido and Aeneas and an extended tour of Purcell Fairy Queen (baritone solos) across France, Holland and Beligum.

He has worked a great deal with the English National Opera Contemporary Studio on Sarah Collins The Terminatrix (Psychiatrist), Jonathan Dove Palace in the Sky (Schmidt), David Charles Martin's The Judgement of Theodora (Vitalian), Martin Butler A Better Place (Michel), Gertrude Stein & Virgil Thomson Capital Capitals (3rd Capital), a commission by Richard Taylor, and Will Todd Damned & Divine (Avenging Angel).

Other opera roles include Rossini La Gazza Ladra (Il Pretore) for Garsington Opera and Bizet Carmen (El Dancaïro) for European Chamber Opera, and Mozart Don Giovanni (Leporello). Neil has also worked with the chorus of the Royal Opera House in Götterdämmerung and Der Fliegende Hollander, and with the Birmingham Opera Company in the world premiere of Stockhausen Mittwoch aus Licht.

Neil made his solo début at The Proms with the London Sinfonietta in the UK premier of The Last Day by Andriessen with repeated performances in the The Queen Elizabeth Hall and at the Huddersfield International Festival of Contemporary Music.

Neil has worked repeatedly for a number of British choral societies. Performances this year include Bach Mass in B minor, Haydn Nelson Mass and Paukenmesse, Dvorák Te Deum, Handel Messiah, and Michael Haydn Requiem.

As an ensemble singer, Neil has had the pleasure of working with many of the world's leading groups including amongst others The Gabrieli Consort, European Voices, The King's Consort, The Academy of Ancient Music, Europa Galante, Pygmalion, London Voices, Metro Voices, and The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. This work embraces a huge range of repertoire from creating film soundtracks and contemporary opera, to rediscovering forgotten works.

Neil joined the choir of St Bride's in 1997.