Portrait of Dr  Mary Bellamy Dr Mary Bellamy

m.j.bellamy@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473066


Mary Bellamy is senior lecturer in composition and module area leader for undergraduate composition.

Mary studied composition with Simon Bainbridge at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, and at Sheffield University where she gained her PhD in 2003 under the guidance of George Nicholson.

Mary is active as a concert composer specialising in collaborations with contemporary performers and has also created installations with artists from the field of visual arts.

Her works have been performed at festivals in the UK and abroad including Europaischer Musikmonat,  Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Cutting Edge and Out Hear concert series’, and have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Her works have been performed by the London Sinfonietta, the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, the Composers Ensemble, the SEM ensemble, Ensemble Expose and Suono Mobile as well as by renowned soloists, Stephen Gutman, Richard Craig, Severine Ballon and Genevieve Lacey. Her collaborative installaion works have been exhibitied in museums and galleries in the UK, Europe and America. Recent projects include a portrait concert at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2011.

Recordings of her works are available on HCR and NMC labels.

Mary joined the staff at the University of Huddersfield in 2006, having previously been a visiting tutor in composition at Huddersfield since 2001 and at the Royal Northern College of Music between 2006 and 2011.

Research and Scholarship

Instrumental composition

Collaboration with contemporary performers

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Bellamy, M (2017) The other side of air [Composition]


Bellamy, M (2016) Dispersion, Oboe, 15', 2016 [Composition]


Bellamy, M (2013) ‘Developing instrumental sound resources through collaborative compositional practiceSearch: Journal for New Music and Culture , 2013 (10).


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


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

Bellamy, M (2011) Abrasion, solo cello (2011) [Composition]

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

Bellamy, M (2011) Translucent River (2011) [Composition]


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

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


Bellamy, M (2008) Harmony and Resonance [Composition]

Bellamy, M. and Beall, T. (2008) Double Blind [Composition]

Bellamy, M (2008) Quartet [Performance] In: Reading of New Compositions Workshop, 12-14 February 2008, 26 Willow Place, Brooklyn (Submitted)


Bellamy, M. and Beall, T. (2006) Light Blind [Composition]


Bellamy, M (2005) Within Dreams [Composition]


Bellamy, M (2002) Celestine [Composition]


Bellamy, M (2001) Earth and Sky Reflect Each Other [Composition]


Exernal examiner for PhD (York University)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Recipient of an Arts Council of England International Fellowshp Award

Research Degree Supervision


Composer/performer collaborative practice

Music and the Visual Arts

Extended instrumental writing

PhD/Masters Supervision:

Sam Park The Harmony of complex elements in simple form

Fiona Pacey: Imagery as a catalyst and influence in music composition

Recent Masters/PhD completions:

Jed Backhouse (MA by Research)

Brian Dickson (MA by Research)

Administrative Responsibilities

Module area leader for composition

Module leader for work placement module

Teaching and Professional Activities

Module Leader for:

AIM 2106: Intermediate Composition

AIM 2107: Composition Techniques and Analysis

AHM 3105: Advanced Composition

MA/PhD supervision

Tutor for research for music