Acclaimed for her musical interpretation, presence and “warmly distinctive tone” (The Telegraph), Helen Charlston is quickly cementing herself as a key performer in the young generation of British singers. Helen won first prize in the 2018 Handel Singing Competition and was a finalist in the 2020 Grange Opera International Singing Competition. She was a Rising Star of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and is a 2018 City Music Foundation Artist.
Recent highlights include solo recitals at Wigmore Hall with Ensemble Marsyas and Fretwork; touring Bach Matthew Passion with Gabrieli Consort & Players/Paul McCreesh), and debuts with Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Academy of Ancient Music at the Barbican. Autumn 2020 will bring the culmination of long-term project celebrating the pairing of voice and theorbo throughout history, with the premiere a set of new songs by acclaimed composer Owain Park, commissioned for Helen and duo partner Toby Carr, by City Music Foundation.
Helen features on recordings of Bach B Minor Mass (OAE/Trinity College Choir), and Bach Actus Tragicus & Himmelskönig sei willkommen (Amici Voices), both available from Hyperion. The “mesmerising delivery” of her aria in BWV 182 was singled out by Gramophone Magazine as the highlight of the Amici Voices recording. Upcoming releases include John Eccles Semele (Juno) with Cambridge Handel Opera Company, Vivaldi arias with London Handel Players and a solo CD of Barbara Strozzi’s music with the Academy of Ancient Music. Helen is managed by Rayfield Allied.