Biography

Helen Hancock is a freelance soprano based in Co. Galway.

She has established herself as a soloist and recitalist and has performed in many venues including most recently the Bloomsday 100 Celebrations at the Irish Ambassadors Residence in Berlin. She has also performed at 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.

Helen resumed vocal studies with Professor Owen Gilhooly at the Midwest Vocal Academy in Limerick in 2015. Since when she has completed her DipABRSM 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. A recent Agility Award from the Arts Council has enabled coaching with Tim Ribchester (house baroque repertoire coach and assistant conductor for the 2021-22 season at the Staasoper, Unter den Linden, Berlin and with German coach Gerhard Gall. Helen has worked with collaborative pianists including Annalisa Monticelli, Catriona Grimes, Nigel Foster, Seho Lee, Irina Dernova, Ramin Haghjoo and performs regularly with Galway based Mark Keane. She enjoys working with other instruments and has also performed with Marco Ramelli (guitar) and with Baroque ensemble of Yonit Kosovske, Anita Vedres and Sarah Groser. She has sung with Owen Gilhooly and a quartet of Sinead Hayes violin, Rozanne Botha violin, Tom Murphy viola, and Adrian Ivičević cello.

Helen has a passion for chamber music which stems from her background as a recorder ensemble player. She is the Musical Director of The Whistleblowers Recorder Ensemble and The Marine Singers.