Galway based soprano Helen Hancock’s musical passions centre on Baroque and sacred music and art song. A regular recitalist, Helen has performed at St Mary’s Cathedral and The Hunt Museum Limerick, Yeats Tower Thoor Ballylee in Galway and at Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin. Helen has performed in a number of virtual recitals recently: O Holy Night in December 2020, in Galway Early Music’s Midwinter Festival in 2020 and in their 2021 festival Passagio. Most recently, she performed a recital of art song with harp for the OPW Rathfarnham Rhythms series
Helen studied singing at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and at TU Dublin while pursuing an engineering degree in University College Dublin. Since resuming vocal studies with Professor Owen Gilhooly at the Midwest Vocal Academy in Limerick in 2015, Helen has completed her ARSM and DipABRSM diplomas and undertaken training abroad including Training in Classical Voice with Janice Chapman and Dr Ron Morris in 2017, The Abingdon Summer School for Solo Singers in the UK in 2018 and 2019 and The Singer as Artist in France in September, 2019. Helen won the Todd Cup for Oratorio at the Feile Luimnigh in March 2020 and was runner-up in the Duggan Cup for lieder.
Helen continues to study with UK based Christine Cairns. She has worked with collaborative pianists including Uk-based Nigel Foster and Seho Lee and has performed regularly with Irina Dernova and Mark Keane.
Helen has a passion for chamber music which stems from her background as a recorder ensemble player. She is the proud teacher of The Whistleblower Wind Ensemble at Coole Music and Arts, Co. Galway and has a small group of fantastic recorder and singing students. Helen also hugely enjoys conducting SATB choir The Marine Singers. While her performance focus is on singing, she also enjoys recorder playing: most recently in a video for Athenry Heritage Centre’s Walled Town Festival 2021 with Galway Early Music and also in Galway Early Music’s video for Early Music Day 2021 .