Creative processes and collaboration: how can these can be negotiated and fostered between composers and performers? and what subsequent influences does collaboration have on the musical fabric of a work; what insights are gained through empirical studies? Dr Mary Bellamy’s music is focused on a search for new sound structures. It is essentially an exploration of sound quality, which is shaped by a desire to extend instrumental sound resources.

Recent works such as the cycle of solo compositions: Transference-Abrasion (2010-11) for solo ‘cello and Semblance (2011) were composed through close consultation with ‘cellist Sévérine Ballon and flautist Richard Craig, bringing the player-instrument relationship to the fore through their musical content. Form is evolved organically, characterised by processes of interaction between independent, often starkly contrasting, elements.


Bellamy, M. and Ballon, S. (2013) ‘Transference-Abrasion ’ Search: Journal for New Music and Culture

Bellamy, M (2012) Mary Bellamy: Abrasion, Semblance, Enveloped [Audio CD]

Bellamy, M (2011) Enveloped, cello and contrabass recorder (2011) [Composition]

Bellamy, M (2011) Semblance, solo bassflute (2011) [Composition]

Bellamy, M., Harrison, B., Cassidy, A. and Lim, L. (2010) Transference [Audio CD], HCRCD02.

Bellamy, M (2010) Transference – Abrasion [Composition]