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Huw Belling : Associate Artist

Photo of Huw Belling

Photo: Anja Emzén

Artist website: https://huwbelling.com/

Huw Belling (Sydney, 1986- ) is a composer and conductor, and the Principal Artistic Associate of Sydney Chamber Opera. He has read for a Doctor of Philosophy in composition at St. Catherine's College, Oxford with Robert Saxton, a Master's of Music at the Royal College of Music, London with William Mival, and completed a Bachelor of Music at the Conservatorium of Sydney. During his student years Huw won two national competitions in Australia resulting in premieres by Ensemble Offspring in Sydney and the Grainger Quartet at the Canberra International Music Festival.

Huw's works are performed and toured in Australasia, Europe, the UK, and the Americas with vocal works in the repertoire at Westminster Abbey, and with Ensemble Plus Ultra. Huw has written extensively for both choir and voice, recent works including Inside Mr Enderby (2017) for the Manchester Collective, and Victory over the Sun (2016), a total reimagination of the lost work by Mikhail Matyushin, for the Biennale of Sydney. Among Huw's commissions are works for the Australia Piano Quartet, the Australian cellist Richard Narroway, and fellow composer and pianist Jack Symonds.

Huw has conducted Australian premieres with Sydney Chamber Opera (Glass, Symonds, Bach) and continues to produce new and established works with that company. He is also the co-conductor of the Inner West Voices, and the conductor at St Stephen's Macquarie Street, Sydney.

Huw Belling — current to November 2018

Studied with

Anna Pimakhova (2004 - 2005)

Damien Ricketson (2004 - 2006)

Michael Smetanin (2004 - 2007)

Trevor Pearce (2006 - 2007)

William Mival (2008 - 2010)

Kenneth Hesketh (2009 - 2010)

Robert Saxton (2012 - 2015)


Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2022 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Dramatic Finalist Fumeblind Oracle

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Missa Sancti Johannis : Mass in two parts (2021) Commissioned by Graeme Napier.
Digital sheet music sample Fumeblind Oracle : Chamber Opera in Four Parts (2021) Commissioned by Sydney Chamber Opera.
Digital sheet music sample Victory Over the Sun : Opera in six scenes (2016) Commissioned by the 20th Biennale of Sydney
Digital sheet music sample Diffusions : for solo piano (2012) Commissioned by and dedicated to Jack Symonds
Digital sheet music sample The Mountain and the Sea : an anthem for choir and tenor solo (2008) Commissioned by the Dean and Chapter of Westminster Abbey, London, with the support of the Australian and New Zealand High Commissions.
Digital sheet music sample Videntes Stellam Magi : Introit for Epiphany (2006) Commissioned Neil McEwen and the Choir of Christ Church St. Laurence, Sydney