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Judy Bellingham

Performer, Commissioner


Judy Bellingham has been involved in music all her life. Her first public performance was in August 1969 in Christchurch, and Christchurch was also the scene of her first professional performance in April 1974 as the soprano soloist in Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Royal Christchurch Musical Society. Since then Judy has sung with all the major Choral Societies in this country, and with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. She has sung with many of the Opera Companies and has created six New Zealand operatic roles.

Equally at home on the concert stage as the operatic stage, Judy has a reputation for intelligent and different programming. Some of her innovative recitals include “Shakespeare’s Heroines” and “A Floral Bouquet”.

She is also passionate about New Zealand music and has commissioned, performed and recorded many works from New Zealand composers. She has performed throughout New Zealand, and has also given recitals in England, America, and Taiwan.

As a clinician, Judy has presented workshops in Australia, England and Taiwan, and has taught for Glyndebourne Festival Opera. She is an inspirational teacher and can offer innovative and informative workshops on any vocal or choral issues.

Judy holds a Masters degree in Entrepreneurship with Distinction from the University of Otago, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Canterbury, and an FTCL and an LRSM in solo singing. She is also a trained teacher, holding a Diploma in Teaching from the Christchurch College of Education. She was awarded the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration medal for Community Service, and in 1988 received the Elizabeth Baigent Mid-career Opera Bursary from the New Zealand Opera Society for services to opera.

Judy is the author of “Sing What you See, See what you sing” a book on how to learn to sight-sing, that has been supported bu the New Zealand Choral Federation. She also has completed tow commercial recordings, one of New Zealand songs, and a DVD “Songs of Old Dunedin”. Both have been released by Ode Records.

Judy is currently researching the history of the teaching of singing in New Zealand.

Commissioned (6)

At the Lighting of the Lamps

for soprano and piano

Berlin Fragments

for mezzo-soprano and piano, 23m

Haere Ra

for two-part treble voices and piano

Mary Magdalene and the Birds

for mezzo-soprano and clarinet, 15m

Zhivago's Christmas Star

for soprano and piano or orchestra

Zhivago's Mary Magdalene Songs

for voice and piano, 13m