Helen has been awarded a place at the Royal Academy of Music, London to study opera at master's level. Helen is asking for donations to help fund this master's degree. It is an incredible opportunity but comes with high cost implications. All donations will be put towards her tuition fees.
The MA at the Royal Academy will provide Helen with weekly one-to-one lessons with her singing teacher, one-to-one coaching lessons, repertoire and performance classes, language surgeries, and opportunities to perform with leading orchestras and conductors. The Academy also hosts masterclasses for the students, with guest artists like Sarah Connolly and Barbara Bonney.
Helen is a classically trained soprano from Kent. She graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a first-class honours degree in 2017. During her studies, she was awarded the Chris Petty Prize for English Song and the Elsie Thurston Prize. In August 2017, Helen performed at the Tête à Tête opera festival in a world premiere of ‘Citizens of Nowhere’, an opera-ballet by Rambert’s composer in Residence, Anna Appleby (see above picture). The work was written specifically for Helen, Ann Wilkes (soprano) and Emma Wheeler (mezzo).
Other roles include: Maid / Airforce woman in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos at the Glyndebourne Festival, chorus in Handel’s Semele with the OAE at the Musikverein, Papagena in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with City of Manchester Opera, Joan in Weill’s Street Scene, Cobweb in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dreamand chorus in Handel’s Theodora at the RNCM, Imago Girl 1/Chorus in the community opera Imago and Janet in Lovers Walk, both at Glyndebourne. Roles in opera scenes at RNCM include; Carmela in Menotti’s The Saint of Bleecker Street and First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Future roles include: The title role in Marco da Gagliano's opera La Dafne at Brighton Early Music Festival in February 2020.
Helen sings regularly with the Choir of the Enlightenment, recently touring to Vienna to perform Handel’s Semele at the Musikverein. She is also a current choral scholar at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, and a member of the BBC Daily Service Singers. Previously, Helen was a member of the National Youth Chamber Choir, performing at BBC Friday Night is Music Night, Aldeburgh Festival and even as a backing singer for A Kylie Christmas (!) at the Royal Albert Hall.
Thank you for any support you can offer.