Helen Smee

Musical Director

Helen grew up in East London, and went on to study Music at Cambridge, winning an Organ Scholarship to Peterhouse where she conducted and accompanied the Choir in the College chapel and in numerous British cathedrals.


 Helen completed her MA at the Royal Academy of Music in 2013, studying Choral Conducting with Patrick Russill, graduating with the Alan Kirby Prize for Choral Direction. Helen was the 2013-2014 Junior Fellow of the Joyful Company of Singers and was awarded the Stanley Vann Scholarship from the Incorporated Association of Organists in 2012. In 2016 she was awarded the Academy’s teaching diploma (LRAM) in Choral Conducting.


 Helen is active as a freelance conductor, organist and teacher across London and the south east, running workshops and education projects with a variety of organisations. She is Director of Music at St Mary Merton, SW19, Musical Director of Highbury Youth Choir, and works regularly for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain.


She is also General Manager of Highbury Opera Theatre, a community opera company producing inclusive contemporary music theatre and opera. In 2014 she co-founded the Voices of London Festival, a week-long festival of choral music held at St James', Sussex Gardens.