Helen Hancock is a freelance soprano, recorder player, choral conductor and music teacher based in Co. Galway.
She has established herself as a soloist and recitalist and has performed in many venues including Maynooth University Lunchtime Series, Rathfarnham Castle in Dublin, The Mick Lally Theatre Galway, and has sung several engagements for The Galway Early Music Festival. Helen was a recipient of an Artist Bursary from Galway County Council in 2021 and an Agility Award from The Arts Council of Ireland in 2022. More details to follow!
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 had coaching with Tim Ribchester, house baroque repertoire coach and assistant conductor for the 2021-22 season at the Staasoper, Unter den Linden, Berlin. She has worked with collaborative pianists including Uk-based Nigel Foster and Seho Lee and performs regularly with 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 Whistleblowers Recorder Ensemble at Coole Music and Arts, Co. Galway where she has a small group of fantastic recorder and singing students.