Belinda Sykes
Theatre musician,'folk/world' session singer, musical director
Alto/tenor voice (for 'folk'/'world'/'early' music), some higher ranges available for 'genre-free' sounds.
Shawms, oboe, recorders, whistles, bagpipes (and basic frame drum

Belinda Sykes is a London-based oboist who can also sing in various ethnic styles including Bulgarian singing and Arabic singing. Belinda studied oboe, baroque oboe and recorder at the Guildhall School of Music; voice and improvisation in Morocco, Bulgaria, Syria, Spain and India. She specialises in theatre music (contemporary scores in addition to Elizabethan and medieval genres), historical and folk/world music.

Belinda's theatre highlights include: Sir Harrison Birtwistle's oboe soloist for Bacchai at the National Theatre, Musical Director/oboist for King Charles III (Almeida and West End), actor/vocalist alongside Ben Whishaw in Bakkhai at the Almeida, singing while flying in As You Like It at the National Theatre.

Belinda has sung solo at Carnegie Hall and The Royal Albert Hall. She has been a soloist on scores by: Harrison Birtwistle, Karl Jenkins, George Fenton, Trevor Jones, Howard Shore, Dominic Muldowney, Richard Harvey, Harry Gregson-Williams, Christian Henson, James Horner, Adrian Johnston, Jocelyn Pook, Rob Lane, Graeme Revell, Gabriel Yared, Matthew Ferraro, Ruth Barrett, Richard Wells, Orlando Gough.

Vocal ranges pdf
Instrument ranges pdf

Listen to soundfiles of Belinda's work:

Belinda's voices - all multi-tracked by Belinda
Balkan Choir.mp3 | Composed by Chris Blackwell

Incantation.mp3 | Improvised by Belinda Sykes for Karl Jenkins' 'Stabat Mater'
Bulgarian Caterwaul.mp3 | Traditional/Belinda Sykes
Arabic impro .mp3 | Belinda Sykes
Gothic Horror.mp3 | Composed by Adrian Johnston & Belinda Sykes
Ethnic/African.mp3 | Composed by David Poore

Belinda's ethnic/historical wind instruments (plus modern oboe)
Low Duduk.mp3 | Composed by Steve Hamilton & Belinda Sykes
High Duduk.mp3 | Composed by Belinda Sykes
Arabic Shawm.mp3 | Composed by Jonathan Cooper & Belinda Sykes
Ethnic Flute.mp3 | Composed by Steve Ha
milton & Belinda Sykes
Soprano shawm.mp3 | Anon - medieval

Alto Shawm.mp3 | Anon/Belinda Sykes
Ethnic Shawms.mp3 | Composed by Mozart & Belinda Sykes
Ethnic Double flute.mp3 | Improvised by Belinda Sykes
Bagpipes.mp3 | Traditional/Belinda Sykes
Single Reed Bagpipes.mp3 | Composed by Belinda Sykes
Oboe.mp3 | Improvised by Kim Burton & Belinda Sykes

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Belinda's soundtracks include:
Wolf Hall (BBC)
Collateral (BBC)
Being Human (BBC)
Planet Earth (BBC)
House of Saddam (BBC)
Jane Eyre (BBC)
Hamlet (Zeffirelli)
GI Jane
The Cell
Red Planet
13th Warrior
From Hell
Around the World in 80 Days
Merchant of Venice (Al Pacino)
Kingdom of Heaven
River Queen
Brick Lane

"Belinda Sykes' study of voice and improvisation in North Africa, Spain and the Middle East was thrillingly evident " The Times, December 2005

As an oboist she has played for the Gabrieli Consort, English Concert, King’s Consort, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Age of Enlightenment, and Hanover Band, and won the 1990 Reichenberg Award for Baroque Oboe. Belinda has an MMUS in Ethnomusicology/Arabic music from London University (SOAS) and has been a Musical Director for plays at Shakespeare's Globe, The Almeida, RSC, and in the West End. She has composed for Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and has appeared as an instrumentalist/singer/actress in plays at The Almeida, RSC, The National Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

Belinda has recorded/sung solo with many of Europe's major early music ensembles and her own band Joglaresa. She has also sung on soundtracks with artists as diverse as Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the Master Musicians of Joujouka, has sung solo with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, The Bournmouth Symphony Orchestra and many others.

Belinda is professor of medieval music at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, and has taught at Newcastle University, Exeter University, York University, Guildhall School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. London's Arabic press has enthused: "One would never realise she is not Arabic".

email Belinda c/o Ensemble Joglaresa