Bellamy, Alexandra

Alexandra Bellamy graduated from Queens College Oxford with a BA in Music in 1991 and went on to study the historical oboe with Sophia McKenna and Paul Goodwin at the Royal Academy of Music.  In 1995 she received the post of principal oboe with the European Union Baroque Orchestra and has since played with all the main UK period instrument orchestras as well as many others throughout the rest of Europe.  From 1999 - 2008 she was principal oboe of The Kings Consort and can be heard on many of this group’s recordings on the Hyperion label.  Since 1995 Alexandra has played with Florilegium and has regularly toured and recorded with Paul McCreesh’s Gabrieli Consort.  Alexandra has also worked for The Academy of Ancient Music, The Sixteen, The English Consort, London Baroque, Concerto Copenhagen, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and Ensemble 415.  Other orchestral highlights have included several tours around Australia with The Australian Chamber Orchestra directed by Richard Tognetti and a tour with Yo Yo Ma and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.

Over the years she has given chamber performances in collaboration with various violinists including Rachel Podger, Monica Huggett and the Norwegian Bjarte Eike. More recently she has enjoyed concerts and recordings with Retrospect Ensemble, and is a regular member of the Edinburgh based Dunedin Consort directed by John Butt.  Alexandra teaches at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, has taught on The Jerusalem Early Music Course and frequently coaches modern and period wind players at The Royal College of Music in London.