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Becky Llewellyn : Represented Artist

Llewellyn's music takes people to inner spaces to discover, to reflect and be moved. She hopes to invoke music's power and beauty to entice listeners into revisiting vistas in their emotional home.

Random Audio Sample: Last poems : three songs on death and dying by Becky Llewellyn, from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 113.


Photo of Becky Llewellyn

Photo: Marty Cielens

Explore Llewellyn's compositions at: www.beckyllewellyn.com.

For listeners, Becky Llewellyn is an Australian composer with wide-ranging interests and styles, always with lyricism at its heart. A fully represented composer at the Australian Music Centre, Llewellyn has worked in major classical music genres for some of Australia's top musicians and is increasingly comfortable writing for non-professional musicians. Humour is a recurrent theme she enjoys exploring in-between more serious works.

Llewellyn migrated to Australia in 1969 and has made her home in Adelaide. She has been active in the disability rights movement through her first husband, Richard Llewellyn's involvement and has worked for decades to make Adelaide Australia's most accessible city. She raised two step-children, two children and now shares in the joys of several grandchildren with her current husband, Marty Cielens.

In 1991, Llewellyn instigated the first Composing Women's Festival in Adelaide which went on to other cities throughout the 90s and formed a new awareness of women's talent in Australia. Her involvement is chronicled in Rosalind Appleby's Women of Note, the rise of Australian Women Composers. Llewellyn is currently working on commissions for string quartet and for women's choir.

As a story-teller, she also employed her skills to critical acclaim as librettist for her chamber opera, The Portrait, a musical tribute to Stella Bowen. This was commissioned and toured in four states by Co-Opera. She has a BA Hons (Drama), studying with the legendary Wal Cherry at Flinders University Drama Centre and in composition with the equally legendary Graeme Koehne with whom she did her undergraduate and Masters of Music (Composition) study at the Elder Conservatorium of Music.

She has particularly enjoyed choral writing, including the mesmerising Whales Weep Not! for choir, marimba and percussion with the marimba maestro Ryszard Pusz. This work was enjoyed by a huge audience at Elder Hall in 2019 and takes listeners through an underwater excursion with whales. It has all the hallmarks of Llewellyn's empathy with a subject, turning it into a poetic meditation on voices, bells and what it is to be a mammal.

Llewellyn has composed music in 'the spaces between', a familiar story for women in the arts. A voracious reader in art, culture, politics, history and indigenous issues, her musical response is informed by an eclectic view of our place in time.


Becky Llewellyn — current to April 2020

Collaborated with

Ryszard Pusz (1986 - 2006)

 

Studied with

Graham Abbott (1990)

 

Influenced by

Mary Mageau (1991 - 1993)

 

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Magnificat : St Nicolas Canticles for SAB Choir and Piano (2020) Commissioned for the Quire St Nicolas, an Anglican choir in Adelaide in which Ewart and Becky both sing.
Nunc Dimittis : St Nicolas Canticles for SAB Choir and Piano (2020) Commissioned for the Quire St Nicolas, an Anglican choir in Adelaide in which Ewart and Becky both sing.
Digital sheet music sample Antiphon for God the Father (mezzo-soprano with string quartet) (2019) Commissioned by Kelvyn Prescott for his wife Ruth's funeral in February 2019
Kali's Laugh (revised) (quintets: flute, saxophone, percussion, piano, cello) (2018) Commissioned by Cat Hope and Gabriella Smart as part of the Summers Night Project 2018
Digital sheet music sample Merri Berri Waltz : for the National Carillon of Canberra (2017) Commissioned as part of the Australian Miniatures project
Digital sheet music sample The Portrait : a musical tribute to Stella Bowen (2006) Commissioned by Co-Opera's General Manager, Brian Chatterton

Analysis & Media

Book: Women of note : the rise of Australian women composers / Rosalind Appleby.