Helen Smee

Director of Music, Frideswide Voices

Qualifications

MA (Cantab), MA (RAM), LRAM

Biography

Helen is a freelance conductor, workshop leader, pianist and organist and works regularly with a broad range of choirs across the UK. She completed her MA at the Royal Academy of Music in Choral Conducting, studying with Patrick Russill. Having graduated in July 2013 with the Alan Kirby Prize, she held the Junior Fellowship of the Joyful Company of Singers until 2014, conducting the group in venues across London including St John's Smith Square. In November 2016, she was awarded the Licentiate of the Royal Academy (LRAM), specialising in teaching choral conducting. Helen has held positions with Highbury Youth Choir, Buckland and Betchworth Choral Society, and Highbury Opera Theatre. She has been an Assistant Conductor with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and is Organist and Director of Music at St Mary Merton, SW19 where she trains the choir of boy and girl choristers. Helen is active as a freelance conductor, workshop leader, organist and accompanist across London and the south-east, and  is the Artistic Director of the Voices of London Festival, a week-long festival of choral music held at St James' Sussex Gardens. In 2018 she won the Members’ Award from Action for Children’s Arts in recognition of her outreach work with young people. 

She took up the post of Director of Frideswide Voices, the girls' choir of Christ Church Cathedral, in September 2019.