Helen Smee: Piano Teacher, Accompanist, Singer, Music Theory Teacher
Helen Smee is a freelance conductor, pianist and organist and works regularly with a broad range of choirs including the Choir of St Merton, where she is Director of Music.
Helen grew up in East London where her involvement with music began with piano lessons aged five. Soon after she joined her first choir, Highbury Young Singers, performing in venues such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the London Jazz Festival. She later won a music scholarship at Francis Holland School, Clarence Gate, where she began accompanying and conducting and in her final year, organ lessons.
Helen went on to study Music at Cambridge, winning an Organ Scholarship to Peterhouse where she conducted and accompanied the Choir during twice-weekly services in the College Chapel. During her time at Cambridge she played and conducted in numerous British chathedrals including Gloucester, Canterbury and Lincoln cathedrals, Westminster Abbey, and studied with David Sanger.
Helen is currently Organist and Director of Music at St Mary the Virgin, Merton Park SW19, where she conducts and accompanies the Cjoir of trebles and men. She is also the Assistant Musical Director of children's choir Highbury Young Singers and is active as a freelance conductor, organist and accompanist in London. She sings with The Campion Singers, a vocal consort she founded whilst at Cambridge. Helen is generously supported this year by the IAO as The Stanley Vann Scholar and with the Council of Honour Award from the Royal Academy of Music.
Helen also is a teacher of music theory. She enjoys working with adults and children on all areas of musicianship. She is very well-versed with preparations for practical graded examinations (ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall and RSCM) and teaches music theory both to those working towards ABRSM exams or those merely wishing to deepen their musical understanding.
Helen teaches at 'The Cello Corner' and accompanies during cello lessons and cello classes.