Helen first directed a choir for a church production of Jonah Man Jazz when she was 14. 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.
She has broad musical tastes and is equally at home conducting sacred choral works, opera, musicals and jazz. Recent conducting highlights include: Bach Christmas Oratorio, Handel Messiah and Vivadli Gloria with full orchestra and soloists; a fully-staged production of Annie and working with a Jazz Trio to perform Chilcott’s Little Jazz Mass.
As a singer she has performed and broadcast both at home and abroad. As an oratorio soloist (Handel Messiah, Mozart Requiem, Beethoven Mass in C); in orchestral song cycles (Berlioz les Nuits d’ete, Mahler Des Knaben Wunderhorn) and on stage (Meg, Brigadoon; Mother Abbess, Sound of Music; Prince Orlovsky, Die Fledermaus).
Helen believes passionately that music is for everyone, and the friendships made through music-making can last a lifetime.
Helen worked as a practising vet for nine years (specialising in cats), but is now following her heart and earning her living making music. In addition to the Tuesday Singers Helen is also Musical Director of Laudamus and the Twyford Singers, and is a qualified Suzuki violin and viola teacher. She lives locally with her family.
James has had a passion for choral music since an early age and supports many choirs in Maidenhead and the surrounding area. He graduated from Chichester University in 2006 after winning the Robert Headley Music Prize.
James’ most recent London cabaret work includes : Jessica Martin; A Celebration of Judy Garland (Hackney Empire); An Evening with Maria Kesselman; Gregg Edelman: Broadway State of Mind; Bryan Batt: Batt on a Hot Tin Roof and Russell Grant & Martin Milnes: Songs We Always Wanted To Sing - But Were Never Allowed To (2014 London Cabaret Award nomination). For nine years, James produced his own Cabaret Night at Norden Farm where he worked with some of the biggest names in theatre, such as Anita Harris, Jess Conrad, Hannah Waddingham, Sally Ann Triplett, Liz Robertson, and Rosemary Ashe.
James’ London theatre work includes Bumblescratch with Darren Day (Adelphi Theatre), the acclaimed pie-shop revival of Sweeney Todd; Julian Slade's Free As Air; Ivor Novello’s Gay's the Word & Gyles Brandreth’s Now We Are Sixty. James made his West-End debut in ‘Dora’; a tribute to Dora Bryan at Her Majesty's Theatre. Recent recordings include Bumblescratch, Free as Air and Gay's the Word cast albums.