Ms Helen Parker
Ms Helen Parker studied at the Royal Academy of Music with a scholarship under Patricia Clark. Her subsequent work as a soprano soloist has included Alphise in Rameau’s Les Boréades with Sir Simon Rattle at the Salzburg Festival; first lady in Mozart’s Magic Flute with Richard Hickox; various performances with Philip Pickett and the New London Consort, including Purcell Odes both in Rome and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Bach’s Mass in B minor in London, Spain, Italy, and New Zealand; a medieval Carmina Burana at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin; and her Queen Elizabeth Hall debut as Ingrate in Monteverdi’s Combattimento. Helen has appeared with the City of London Sinfonia, the Scholars Baroque Ensemble, the Northern Sinfonia, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and on BBC Radio 3 as Iris in Eccles’ Semele with Richard Hickox. She has recorded Purcell’s The Fairy Queenand Handel’s Messiah with the Scholars’ Baroque Ensemble (Naxos), Monteverdi’s Combattimentoand Locke’s Pysche with the New London Consort (Decca), Allegri’s Miserere with the Choir of Westminster Abbey (Sony), Purcell’s The Indian Queen with the Academy of Ancient Music (Decca), pieces by Percy Grainger under Richard Hickox (Chandos), and Linley’s Shakespeare Ode with Philip Pickett and the Musicians of the Globe (Philips).