The alto HELEN CHARLSTON began singing as a chorister and subsequently head chorister of the Saint Albans Abbey Girls Choir under Simon Johnson. She went on to study music at Trinity College, Cambridge where she held a choral scholarship for three years. She now sings with a number of vocal ensembles including the Gabrieli Consort, Polyphony, The Pinnacle Ensemble and Amici Voices which she founded in 2012. Recent engagements include Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion and Christmas Oratorio (Amici Voices), Saint John Passion (Voce/Suzi Digby) and Stravinsky’s Mass (Cambridge University Musical Society/Stephen Cleobury). Charlston has sung at many venues and festivals across the world including Festival de Pâques (Aix-en-Provence), Festival of the Sound (Parry Sound), Spitalfields Summer Festival, and Frankfurt Cathedral. She has often been heard on BBC Radio 3 including a live performance of Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols. Her forthcoming appearances include Duruflé Requiem (City of London Sinfonia/Stephen Layton) and a staged performance of Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion, directed by Thomas Guthrie.