Helen Smee - MA (Cantab), MA RAM, LRAM
Helen grew up in East London, and went on to study Music at Cambridge, winning an Organ Scholarship to Peterhouse where she conducted and accompanied the Choir in the College chapel and in numerous British cathedrals including Gloucester, Canterbury, Lincoln, and Westminster Abbey.
Helen completed her MA at the Royal Academy of Music in 2013, studying Choral Conducting with Patrick Russill, graduating with the Alan Kirby Prize for Choral Direction. During her time at RAM she worked with groups including the BBC Singers, London Oratory Choir and Royal Academy of Music Chamber Choir. In 2016 she was awarded the Academy’s specialist teaching diploma (LRAM) in choral conducting.
Helen is active as a freelance conductor, organist and teacher across London, running workshops and education projects with a variety of organisations. She is currently Organist and Director of Music at St Mary Merton, SW19, where she conducts and accompanies the Choir of trebles and men. She is also the Assistant Musical Director of children's choir Highbury Young Singers, Musical Director of youth choir Middle Ground and Acting Musical Director of Buckland and Betchworth Choral Society.
Helen was the 2013-2014 Junior Fellow of the Joyful Company of Singers and was awarded the Stanley Vann Scholarship from the Incorporated Association of Organists in 2012. She is also Network Manager of Highbury Opera Theatre, a community opera company specialising in producing inclusive contemporary music theatre and opera. In 2014 she co-founded the Voices of London Festival, a week-long festival of choral music held at St James', Sussex Gardens.