Helen Yeomans is the founder and leader of Glorious Chorus. She writes and/or arranges all the songs that the choir sings and runs workshops around the UK and abroad teaching her award-winning compositions. Helen is also the director of Thula Mama, teaching songs to mothers and babies, and has franchised groups around the UK.
Helen returned to music after a 25 year absence when she had a yearning to sing. To her surprise, she found that not only could she sing but she could write songs too. Writing choral music was the ideal outlet for her creativity, which she could do around all her children, and it was only a matter of time before she formed her own choir. Thus, Glorious Chorus was born.
Glorious Chorus soon gained a reputation for passionate and polished performances which has taken the choir around the country, including performances at Glastonbury festival, The Isle Of Wight Jazz Festival and Port Eliot Festival. The choir was also a finalist at the inaugural Orchestra In A Field Festival amateur choir competition 2012. Glorious Chorus also toured the original One World show created by Helen – a moving and uplifting tapestry of song, spoken word, percussion & choreography, focusing on the crossroads at which the human race presently stands. Helen is now preparing to show this production in Hull for it’s 2017 UK City of Culture celebrations this autumn and also London in 2018/19.
Helen’s song ‘Awaken’ was chosen as a featured performance piece at 2009’s ‘Sing For Water’ annual fundraiser at London’s South Bank, as part of the Mayor’s Thames Festival. Helen’s songs were also chosen to be performed at the Brighton Fringe Festival in 2008 and 2009. In 2006 Helen’s song ‘Goddess’ was an Honorable Mention Winner at the Unisong International Songwriting Competition. And in 2015 Helen’s song ‘Saved’ won the gospel category prize at the UK Songwriting Contest. She is now in demand for commissioned work and has written a number of pieces for the Hull Freedom Chorus and directed the choir at several festivals in the city. This July Helen will be conducting her specially-commissioned new song ‘Sing to the Hills’ at Hull’s Bigger Sing event.
What sets Helen apart, however, is being able to bring out the best in all singers – from the professional to the absolute beginner. Her ability to infuse groups with her passion and humour is a joy to witness as is her ability to touch her singers with the emotional core of the beautiful songs she has written. Expect tears and laughter, exquisite music, passion and lots of love.
Listen to interview with Helen by Nickomo Clarke
Helen Yeomans is an incredibly gifted composer and songwriter. Her songs, often touching on important world and personal issues, stir the heart and soul, moving audiences to first silence then standing ovations.” Karen Evans, kinesiologist.