Artist Spotlight #2 – Helen Charlston

We are extremely excited to be welcoming Helen Charlston to the Boxgrove Choral Festival!

Tickets for her concert are available here.

It’s on Saturday 4th September at 2.30pm, and it will be the first time that Isolation Songbook has been performed to an in-person audience.

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Acclaimed for her musical interpretation and “warmly distinctive tone” (The Telegraph), Helen Charlston won first prize in the 2018 London Handel Singing Competition and was a finalist in the 2019 Grange Festival International Singing Competition. She was a founder participant of the Rising Star of the Enlightenment programme, working alongside the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; and is a member of Les Arts Florissants Young Artist Programme (Jardin des Voix) for 2021/22. Helen is a 2018 City Music Foundation Artist and a BBC New Generation Artist.

Recent concert highlights include Handel Messiah: Reimagined (London Handel Orchestra/Laurence Cummings); Bach Matthew Passion (Gabrieli Consort and Players/Paul McCreesh); Dussek Mass in C (Academy of Ancient Music/Richard Egarr); Bach B Minor Mass (Slovenia Philharmonic Orchestra/Stephen Layton). Solo recital performances have taken Helen to Wigmore Hall, Barbican Sound Unbound Festival, Oxford Lieder Festival, York Early Music Festival, Händel-festspiele Halle, Korčula Baroque Festival, and Leicester International Music Festival.

The hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic saw Helen’s music making return closer to home. Her Isolation Songbook, a collection of songs by 15 different composers, was commissioned during the first UK lockdown. Recorded by Delphian Records, the set was released on CD in early 2021.

Helen began singing as chorister and head chorister of the St Albans Abbey Girls Choir. She then studied music at Trinity College, Cambridge where she held a choral scholarship for four years and was a scholar on the Pembroke College Lieder Scheme, led by pianist Joseph Middleton.

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