The English bass, Neil Bellingham, obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree (BA Hons) in Philosophy and Psychology from studied philosophy and psychology at New College, Oxford (1989-1992); and his Bachelor of Science degree (BSc Hons) in Physics with Astronomy and Planetary Science from The Open University (2002-2012). He currently studies singing with Russell Smythe.
Neil Bellingham works as self-employed singer since June 1995. He 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's Orfeo, J.S. Bach's St John Passion (BWV 245), Rameau's Dardanus, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and an extended tour of Purcell's Fairy Queen (baritone solos) across France, Holland and Beligum.
Neil Bellingham has worked a great deal with the English National Opera Contemporary Studio on Sarah Collins' The Terminatrix (Psychiatrist), Jonathan Dove's Palace in the Sky (Schmidt), David Charles Martin's The Judgement of Theodora (Vitalian), Martin Butler's A Better Place (Michel), Gertrude Stein & Virgil Thomson's Capital Capitals (3rd Capital), a commission by Richard Taylor, and Will Todd's Damned & Divine (Avenging Angel).
Other opera roles include Rossini's La Gazza Ladra (Il Pretore) for Garsington Opera and Georges Bizet's Carmen (El Dancaïro) for European Chamber Opera, and W.A. Mozart's Don Giovanni (Leporello). Neil Bellingham 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 Bellingham 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 Bellingham has worked repeatedly for a number of British choral societies. Performances this year include J.S. Bach's Mass in B minor (BWV 232), Haydn's Nelson Mass and Paukenmesse, Dvorák's Te Deum, George Frideric Handel's Messiah, and Michael Haydn's Requiem.
As an ensemble singer, Neil Bellingham has had the pleasure of working with many of the world's leading groups including amongst others The Gabrieli Consort (Director: Paul McCreesh), European Voices, The King's Consort (Director: Robert King), The Academy of Ancient Music (Director: Richard Egarr), Europa Galante (Director: Fabio Biondi), Ensemble Pygmalion (Director: Raphaël Pichon), London Voices (Director: Terry Edwards), 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. He joined the choir of St Bride's in 1997.
Since January 2010, Neil Bellingham also works as Private Academic Tutor: Maths & Physics.