Born into a musical family Helen went on to study violin, piano, voice and organ and attended the Royal College of Music Junior Department. Her singing really took off when she was awarded a choral scholarship to Christ’s College Cambridge where she studied veterinary medicine.
As a singer she has performed and broadcast both at home and abroad. She has wide-ranging musical tastes from sacred choral works, through opera, musicals and jazz. She has recently been back on the stage as the Mother Abbess in the Sound of Music, and Meg in Brigadoon.
Having started conducting choirs whilst at school, as part of her role as assistant organists at churches in London, Helen then went on to conduct orchestras and smaller chamber choirs at university.
Helen worked as a practising vet for nine years (specialising in cats), but is now following her heart and earning her living making music, alongside her unpaid job of looking after her two young daughters. In addition to Laudamus Helen also directs the Twyford Singers and the Tuesday Singers and is a Suzuki violin teacher.
Janet Ramsden (Accompanist)
Janet studied at Trinity College of Music, firstly on a junior scholarship and then as a full time student, winning the Alec Rowley prize for general musicianship. Her first professional appointment was as an accompanist at the Wexford Opera Festival and she later became a repetiteur at the Sadler's Wells Opera Company, now English National Opera (ENO)
Currently, Janet coaches and accompanies - for examinations, auditions and in many and varied concerts and shows.