About Helen

Helen is a versatile and vibrant conductor working with orchestras, opera companies and choirs inspiring exciting and compelling performances from the artists she collaborates with.

She is the Music Director and Conductor of the award winning Blackpool Symphony Orchestra, Preston Opera, Lytham St. Annes Choral Society and the Lancashire Youth Symphony Orchestra.  She works regularly with ensembles including Leeds Conservatoire (including a Side By Side with the Orchestra of Opera North), Northern Opera Group, Outreach Opera, The Christie Musical Theatre Company, Flat Pack Music and Salford Choral Society.

Helen read Music at Cambridge University and studied Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music.  During the year of Lockdown Helen has been studying with Jessica Cottis.   In June 2021 Helen was invited by the Royal Philharmonic to work with the Royal Northern Sinfonia as one of four emerging conductors in a project to advance gender equality on the podium. 

Helen has also been selected to take part in the programme for emerging Women Conductors run by the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House including the inaugural course run in partnership with the National Opera Studio and the Royal Philharmonic Society working with Sian Edwards, Alice Farnham, Jessica Cottis and Mark Shanahan.

Helen has also conducted in International Masterclasses held at the RNCM with Mark Heron, Clark Rundell, Nicolas Pasquet, Gergeley Madaras, Matthew Wood and Morten Wensberg.

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A passionate believer in the power of classical music to change lives, Helen is a board member for Orchestras Live and chairs the Finance Committee.  Orchestras Live believe orchestras are for everyone and that live orchestral music has the power to inspire people for a lifetime.  Working across England, Orchestras Live connect communities with world class orchestral experiences delivered by renowned professional orchestras.

A qualified accountant, Helen brings a wealth of leadership, strategic and financial management expertise from her experience working in senior management roles in the corporate sector prior to pursuing her vocation as a conductor.  She also brings insight from the not for profit sector most recently as Chair of Lancashire Mind working to support positive mental health and wellbeing across Lancashire.

Helen is also a regular podcast contributor to Operacast covering the latest opera news, reviews and general chat from the opera world.   She appeared on a panel for the Royal Philharmonic Society exploring the impact of the pandemic on the lives and work of classical musicians.

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