Helen Harrison, Music Director
Helen is a versatile and vibrant conductor working with orchestras, opera companies and choirs inspiring exciting and compelling performances from the instrumentalists and singers she collaborates with.
She is the Music Director and Conductor of Blackpool Symphony Orchestra, Preston Opera, Lytham St. Annes Choral Society, the Lancashire Youth Symphony Orchestra and founder of the Helios Symphony Orchestra. She works regularly with ensembles including Leeds College of Music including a Side By Side with the Orchestra of Opera North, Northern Opera Group, The Christie Musical Theatre Company, Flat Pack Music and Salford Choral Society.
Helen read Music at Cambridge University and studied Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music. She was selected to take part in Conducting for Opera workshops run by the Royal Opera House, the National Opera Studio and the Royal Philharmonic Society working with Sian Edwards, Jane Glover, Jessica Cottis and Alice Farnham. Helen has also taken part in International Conducting Masterclasses with Clark Rundell, Mark Heron, Nicolas Pasquet, Gergeley Madaras, Matthew Wood and Morten Wensberg.
A passionate believer in the power of classical music to change lives, Helen was recently appointed to the board of Orchestras Live. Orchestras Live believe that orchestras are for everyone and that live orchestral music has the power to inspire people for a lifetime. Working across England Orchestras Live connect communities with world class orchestral experiences delivered by renowned professional orchestras.
A qualified accountant, Helen brings a wealth of leadership, strategic and financial management expertise from her experience working in senior management roles in the corporate sector prior to pursuing her vocation as a conductor. She also brings insight from the not for profit sector most recently as Chair of Lancashire Mind working to support positive mental health and wellbeing across Lancashire.
Helen is also a regular podcast contributor to Operacast covering the latest opera news, reviews and general chat from the opera world.