Helen Charlston

Helen Charlston New Album Features CMF Commission

2018 CMF artist Helen Charlston’s brand new CD with Toby Carr, ‘Battle Cry: She Speaks’, features music of the seventeenth century alongside a City Music Foundation commission from composer Owain Park. Released on Delphian Records, this world premiere recording of Owain Park’s song-cycle has been described in the Guardian as an “outstanding disc”, praising “Charlston’s […]

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Helen Charlston joins York Festival of Early Music as Artistic Adviser 

Helen Charlston (2018 CMF Artist), who won First Prize in the 2018 Handel Singing Competition, has joined the York Festival of Early Music as Artistic Adviser.  “Helen has a long association with York and we are looking forward to working with her. We are sure she will bring some brilliant and fresh ideas as we […]

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CMF Welcomes New Patron – John Gilhooly CBE

We are delighted to announce that Artistic and Executive Director at Wigmore Hall John Gilhooly has become one of City Music Foundation’s Patrons. Our Artists, both past and present, have appeared at Wigmore in increasing numbers in recent years. John was awarded a CBE for his contribution to music in the 2022 New Year Honours […]

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2019 Summer Residency at The Wallace Collection

CMF returns to The Wallace Collection for our 4th annual Summer Residency. Monday 22nd – Friday 26th July 2019 Featuring six CMF Artists, 2019 sees the residency expanded beyond the popular free lunchtime recitals to include a children’s concert, a performance for dementia sufferers, and an evening concert centred around Schubert’s ‘Trout Quintet’ with guest performer, […]

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Three questions before a recital: Helen Charlston

Mezzo-soprano Helen Charlston (2018 CMF Artist) answers a few questions ahead of her lunchtime recital at St Bart’s the Less on Wednesday 14th November. Hailed as “a rather special mezzo” (MusicWeb International), Helen Charlston’s warm and distinctive tone has cemented her as a key performer in the next generation of British singers. She received first […]

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Mentoring in Action: Helen Charlston with Joan Rodgers

Mentoring has always been a central part of the CMF Artist Programme and for 2018 CMF Artist Helen Charlston (mezzo-soprano) a session with legendary soprano and CMF patron Joan Rodgers was her very first experience of what CMF has to offer. Helen and Joan spent the afternoon together discussing how to build a successful singing career, […]

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2018 CMF Artists announced

We’re delighted to announce the six artists joining the CMF Artist Programme as ‘2018 CMF Artists’: A4 Brass Quartet Helen Charlston (mezzo-soprano) Toby Hughes (double bass) Ariana Kashefi (cello) Tom Millar (jazz piano) Emily Sun (violin) Chosen from over 150 applicants, these six successful artists were selected through a series of audition stages, culminating in […]

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