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Musical Director 2017 & 2018

Helen Brind

Helen was brought up in Henley-on-Thames. Interested in music from an early age, she studied piano, trumpet, singing and saxophone and became principal trumpet for several bands and orchestras in Oxfordshire during her teenage years. Helen studied at The Royal College of Music (Junior Department) and began a Music degree at Southampton University - however, at this point in her life she decided to change direction and ended up with a degree in Surveying!

Working as a Chartered Surveyor for the Inland Revenue for 20 years, Helen always kept music as an active side-line through instrumental and singing teaching and working with several choirs as musical director. Realising that music was indeed her true passion she decided to update her professional qualifications and make a major change in her career. In 2003 she was awarded a performance diploma for Singing (DipABRSM) and also the ABRSM Certificate of Teaching, with specialism in vocal work. At this time Helen began teaching singing for the Dorchester Area Schools Partnership Music Service. Now an experienced choral director and with a PGCE with music as her specialism, in 2006 Helen took the plunge and left her surveying career to become a full-time freelance choral director and music teacher.

Helen is proud to be the musical director of Weymouth Choral Society, a position she has held since 2000. She has also held similar posts with Yeovil Chamber Choir, The Weatherbury Singers and The Dorset Singers. In the spring of 2014 she was awarded the LRSM in Choral Direction and in September of that year Helen was delighted to be appointed musical director of Barclays House Choir in Poole. She has recently completed a year as Guest Musical Director with Ringwood Musical & Dramatic Society Choir, a very rewarding experience.

She was delighted to join us as MD for The Gondoliers in 2017 and adding the Bournemouth G&S Society to her Musical Direction portfolio and is looking forward to this year’s production.