The Violin Aria
Helen is a mezzo-soprano from Bedfordshire. She completed her Masters in Vocal Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, supported by the Linda Pilgrim Scholarship. Here she studied under the tutelage of vocal professor Alison Wells and vocal coach Robert Bottriel. Prior to this Helen studied Music at the University of Southampton where she held a choral scholarship with ’Cantores Michaelis’ directed by former RCM professor Keith Davis, with whom she performed at a range of occasions and venues such as aboard the Queen Victoria ocean liner and the Lighthouse theatre in Poole.
Helen qualified as a music teacher in 2012 and worked as a secondary school teacher for two years whilst pursuing her performing ambitions. As part of mezzo and soprano duo EnChant, Helen performed two sell out concerts in local churches in Hertfordshire in addition to performances at restaurants, nursing homes and weddings. Helen has been a regular performer in her local community and now performs frequently with the Philharmonia Chorus, as a recitalist and as an oratorio soloist. Other performing highlights include singing in a Masterclass with Dame Felicity Palmer and working with renowned accompanist Eugene Asti to perform Schumann Lieder in his 'Schumann and Poulenc Song Cycles' concerts.
Helen's operatic experience includes the roles of Mrs Nolan in Menotti’s The Medium performed at The Birley Centre Auditorium in Eastbourne, La Conversation in Charpentier's Les plaisirs de Versailles at St Alfeges Church, Greenwich and Second Witch in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas at The Place theatre in Bedford. As part of Trinity Laban's Postgraduate Opera Scenes she has performed the roles of Goffredo in Handel’s Rinaldo, La Nourrice in Ariane by Dukas, Nerone in Monterverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea and Olga in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. In April 2016 Helen was invited to perform in an immersive new opera production at Peckham Asylum as Mrs Nolan in Clockwork Opera’s inaugural production of The Medium. Most recently Helen played Mary Braund in Trinity Laban’s premier of Banished, a new opera by Stephen McNeff and the role of 'Reporter' in a new opera Favela by Louise Kulbicki.
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