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Musical Director

Dr Helen Smith

Helen Smith

In 2010 we were fortunate to engage the services of Helen Smith as our conductor/musical director.

Having grown up in Preston, Helen studied music at the University of Birmingham. During her time at Birmingham, Helen began conducting, working as musical director for choirs, orchestras and musical theatre productions. After graduating, Helen moved into the classroom, and for six years was part of a thriving music department, teaching 11 to 18 year olds and running extra-curricular ensembles. In 2007 she completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Choral Conducting at Birmingham Conservatoire, studying with Paul Spicer. As part of her recent ABCD Conducting Apprenticeship, she worked with David Lawrence and the City of Birmingham Young Voices and participated in a workshop with David Hill and the BBC Singers.

Currently, she works for Birmingham Music Service as a vocal skills teacher in primary and secondary schools throughout the area, and conducts choirs and wind bands. Helen is a member of the CBSO Chorus, and with them has performed throughout Britain and Europe, and has sung for conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Charles Mackerras, James Macmillan and Andris Nelsons. She is also musical director of Penn Singers, and is a member of the Association of British Choral Directors.

Picture by Stuart Nimmo