Helen Thomson: Tasmanian Youth Chorale Conductor 

Helen Thomson is a classically-trained soprano (MMus, University of Melbourne), musical director and composer. During an eight-year stint in the Netherlands, incorporating regular performances with such outfits as Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, the Netherlands Bach Society, the Egidius College and the Netherlands Radio Choir, as well as the study of Sonology (or technology-aided composition and digital signal processing) at the Royal Conservatorium of the Hague, Helen attracted Australia Council funding for her debut CD, meditatio / xv, incorporating their own compositions based on Gregorian Chant and Zen Meditations, featuring Grand Master of Shakuhachi Riley Lee and a found sound electroacoustic “third voice” of Helen's own design.

In Australia, Helen has sung with the Song Company, the TSO, Festival of Voices, e21, La Compania, Ludovico's Band, Van Diemen's Band, and Baroque / New Work ensemble Sequenza. Helen's recent composition has received support from the Regional Arts Fund, Arts Tasmania and the Australia Council and their compositions formed part of QTas Choir's 'Queer Narratives: Story to Song' and 'ReachOut' projects; Timeless, an extended song cycle for Sequenza, toured as part of Ten Days on the Island in 2017. A Tasmanian Requiem, a major work for brass and vocal ensemble, premiered to high critical acclaim in April 2018. Helen participated in Creative Partnerships Australia's 2017 Match program in order to fund the purchase of instruments for Sequenza ensemble, as well as gaining a place at the inaugural TSO Louise Crossley orchestral conducting workshops in 2018.

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