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Horsley Choral Society

....a Leith Hill Festival Choir


Helen Wharmby

Helen Wharmby Helen studied Music at the University of Birmingham, graduating with First Class Honours and gaining the University’s Barber Scholarship award. She continued her studies privately under the inspiring guidance of Hilary Coates (Trinity Laban) and Chris Elton (Royal Academy of Music), gaining both the DipABRSM and LRSM diplomas in piano performance with distinction.

Helen has performed on BBC radio and television and has given a number of recitals both as an accompanist and soloist in London and the South East. She works with various local choral societies and choirs, including Holmbury Choral, Shalford Choral Society and Dorking Camerata, and has worked with Guildford Opera, Occam Singers and the Surrey Hills Chamber Choir (past winners of Choir of the Year). She teaches piano privately to both children and adults and also at St Teresa’s School in Effingham. Helen also works voluntarily in local schools, running the choir and 30-strong orchestra in her children’s primary school, St Paul’s School in Dorking, and the Junior Orchestra and String Group at the Ashcombe Secondary School.

Helen recently researched and published a book about the history of St Paul's School, a project which sparked a new interest in local history and led her to study for an Advanced Diploma in History at University of Oxford, gaining a distinction. A Chartered Accountant for many years, Helen is married with four children.