Bio: Helen was born in Bradford but is now based in the North West. She studied music and graduated from Cardiff University with BMus (hons) in 2001. After Graduation Helen moved to Bolton and worked in Sales & Marketing before returning to full time studies in 2010 at the Royal Northern College of Music where she studied with David Maxwell Anderson and Barbara Robotham. She completed her postgraduate MMus studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2012 and she now studies with Jane Irwin. Helen is represented by Caroline Phillips Artist Management.
Prior to her studies at the RNCM Helen performed the following operatic roles: Carmen (Carmen, Mercedes), Samson & Delilah (Delilah cover) and Orpheus in the Underworld (Diana), Dido & Aeneas (2nd Witch), La Traviata (Flora), Trovatore (Azucena) and Jenufa (Grandmother Buryja). At the RNCM Helen played (Mrs Grose) in Turn of the Screw, (Bradamante) in Alcina and (La Natura) in La Callisto in staged opera excerpts, Cinderella's Stepmother (and cellist) in a singer/musician production of Sondheim's Into the Woods, the roles of (the Baroness) in the college's production of Barber's Vanessa and (Florence Pike) in Albert Herring and most recently (Arsamenes) in Xerxes. Helen was a finalist in the Michael & Joyce Kennedy Strauss Prize in 2011. Since leaving the RNCM in 2012 Helen has gone on to play (the Witch) in Hansel & Gretel for Clonter opera, a role that she went on to cover for Garsington Opera 2013. Helen will return to Garsington in 2014 making her principle debut there as The Inn Keepers Wife in A Cunning Little Vixen and she will be reviving her role as the Witch in Hansel & Gretel when Garsington take the production to the West Green Opera Festival in Jul 2014. In 2016 Helen made her role debut as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni for Opera Seria and played Gertrude & Witch in Hansel & Gretel for Outreach Opera.
Helen is also much in demand as a concert soloist and has even performed as a pre-match singer for several Rugby Super League Matches in front of crowds of up to 17,000 fans. Recent concert appearances include: Alto Soloist in Rossini's Petite Messe Solonelle with Bradford Festival Choral Society and soloist in Elgar's Music Makers at Haslemere Hall in Surrey and for Kington Choral Society. In 2012 she performed Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder at the Bridgewater Hall. She has also recently worked on board the Minerva Cruise Ship as part of a quartet for Swan Hellenic with Opera Barcarola.