The Rev'd Helen Hayes - alto
Helen trained as a primary school teacher at Nottingham Trent University in 1990 and taught in Nottingham, Derby and Leicestershire until 2002.
During her time in teaching Helen began conducting children’s choirs which led to her working for Music for Everyone as their principal conductor for Vocals (a 200+ children’s choir which meets over two weekends three times a year). Helen left teaching to become a full-time freelance Animateur in 2002 and has since been involved in a variety of exciting projects working with London Symphony Orchestra on a project with excluded pupils in Nottingham, music workshops at Foston Hall Women’s prison, drugs awareness projects in secondary schools, an action research project with early years in Leicestershire and taking a schools music workshop in China.
Helen has recently taken over as the conductor for Nottingham Boy’s Voices. Helen is a member of the international competition choir Choros Amici (winners of Sainsbury’s Choir of the Year 2000) She has performed in the Royal Albert Hall London, Hyde Park with Pavarotti, Songs of Praise and taken part in many international choir competitions in Ireland, France, Spain and Finland enjoying much success. Helen started trained for the priesthood at the Queens Foundation Birmingham in 2006 and was ordained as a priest in 2011 in Leicester Cathedral.
She is now a part-time NSM curate for the Bradgate Team (Groby, Ratby and Newtown Linford) Music has always been at the heart of Helen’s life and empowering people and helping them ‘find their voice’ plays an important role in her ministry.