In his studio with the score of his SPACE MUSIC for 3 Orchestras & Percussion
Conducting his music with the Central Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, Beijing, China
At his home in Bournemouth, England
DAVID HELLEWELL, born in Morley, Yorkshire, first
made his name internationally as a composer, conductor and performer
of avant-garde classical music in the 1970's. In 1969 he formed,
as conductor and musical director, APOLLO CONTEMPORARY MUSIC, an
ensemble of virtuoso players dedicated to the performance of new
music. The ensemble gave many premiers and commissioned new works,
with concerts at leading London venues, and in the provinces, and
BBC broadcasts on Radio 3's "Music in our Time". He was
chairman of the New Macnaghten Concerts (London), and has been a
British Council "Visiting Specialist" (Composer) to Hungary.
His avant garde work Metamusic for flute and piano, was chosen as
the outstanding flute publication of 1976 by the American Flute
But at the same time he was also involved with his roots in jazz,
rock and popular music, and in
fact he composed a whole new genre of music for classical (and
in particular for young) musicians
during this period - "Mister D" Music, which
combined and extended a multitude of sources such as
classical, jazz, rock, latin american, baroque, romantic and popular
This music is now widely
performed and appreciated, and ranges from small popular pieces
to 'Rock Sonatas' (his creation),
instrumentals, concertos, symphonic and electronic compositions.
His latest music has developed from
this into what he now terms a new "Multi-Dimensional"
Hellewell also founded the highly-successful "Mister D"
Music Academy, which teaches his own and classical music.
An essential feature of his music is that, although of serious intent
and content, the works are approachable for both players and audiences,
and are compatible, and indeed complimentary, to the standard, well-loved
classical music repertoire.
In September 1990 Hellewell travelled to Peking at the invitation
of the Central Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra and the Central Conservatory
of Music. Here he conducted and directed a highly-successful series
of concerts, lectures and masterclasses of his music. This was broadcast
on TV and radio. His new Multi-Dimensional Music was greatly appreciated
by Chinese audiences, musicians and students.
Forbidden Symphony (1990-92), a large-scale symphonic work for orchestra,
chorus and instrumental soloists, was inspired by his visit to Peking
and particularly by The Forbidden City.
In 1991, David Hellewell's protégé, John Brogden, founded M-D Music Productions to record and produce Hellewell's music.
In 1996, John set up and designed mdmusic.com to further promote David's music.
Hellewell has also created a unique garden at his home in Bournemouth,
which, like his music, combines classical, modern and oriental ideas
and aesthetics. The garden has been featured in many magazines (eg.
Homes & Gardens) and is open to the public.
Read the 'Peking Journal'
- A journal by David Hellewell of his visit to Peking, China, for
a festival of his music, at the invitation of the Peking Central
Conservatory and the Peking Central Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra.
Read the 'People's Music' Review/Article
on China concerts
Read 'The Hecklers Are Right
About the Musical Avant Garde' (PDF)
Article written by Hellewell for the Libertarian
Read 'Letters Daily Telegraph' (PDF)
Read Saga's 'Other People's
Gardens - A Multi-Dimensional Composition' Article