Helen is now in her fourth undergraduate year at the Royal Northern College of Music where she studies with Robert Alderson. Whilst at the RNCM, she has had many opportunities on the operatic stage including in the chorus of Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades in 2002 and Mozart’s Don Giovanni in 2003, the Second Witch and chorus in Purcell’s Didio and Aeneas in 2003 and in the chorus in Stavinsky’s The Rake’s Progress in 2004. Helen has also performed the roles of Marcellina and Cherubino in excerpts from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and the role of La Badessa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica at the RNCM in 2004.
Outside of college, Helen has taken the role of Pallade and covered Ottavia in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea in 2003 and the role of Micah in a fully staged production of Handel’s Samson in 2004 with the Yorke Trust.
Helen has participated in masterclasses with Julius Drake, Christine Rice and Amanda Roocroft. On the oratorio platform she has performed in Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Haydn’s Nelson Mass in Cyprus, 2004.
Helen appears by kind permission of the Principal, RNCM.
Angela has performed throughout the UK and in Romania, France and Germany. Although happiest on the recital platform, she has sung many
oratorio works with choral societies and orchestras. In November 2004 she was privileged to contribute to the memorial evening for Paul
Hamburger at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Angela performs regularly with orchestras, at Music Societies, lunchtime recitals, private functions and with male voice choirs. She coordinates Harmony '96 in Bramhall and runs singing workshops and master classes.
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Wendy Olsen grew up in Indiana, where forests and caves offer mystery and excitement to young hikers. Even as a teenager, Wendy felt that books like Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, the music of Grieg, and the physical setting of mixed forests together reflect the glory and challenge of being alive. Wendy moved at age 18 to Beloit College in Wisconsin, where she studied piano, voice and choir as a supplementary part of her university degree. After having a child she began studying the flute, and she now plays flute for the Salford Wind Band and the Friends of the Camerata orchestra.
Wendy moved to Britain in 1981 to study at Oxford University where she received a masters and doctoral degree in economics.
Wendy now works at Manchester University as a lecturer in socio-economic research, and she has research experience in India, Sri Lanka and Ghana as well as in the United Kingdom. Her research includes interviewing and statistics as well as advice to government and research on behalf of the Equal Opportunities Commission.