Galway based soprano Helen Hancock is a native of Dublin. Her musical passions centre on Baroque opera and sacred music, art song and Mozart opera. A regular recitalist, Helen has performed at St Mary’s Cathedral Limerick, The Hunt Museum Limerick, Yeats Tower Thoor Ballylee in Galway, as part of Heritage week 2019, and most recently at Rathfarnham Castle evening recital series in March 2020. Singing, playing piano and recorder ensemble performances occupied much of her early years.
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 Owen Gilhooly and 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. Helen also teaches recorder and singing at Coole Music and Arts, Galway and is choral conductor of SATB choir The Marine Singers.