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Oratorio - The History of England....Helen England

Helen England - England's RoseHelen has been fortunate to have performed at some of the most exclusive venues and events in the country. From footballer's and model's weddings, to soap and TV stars, Helen's vocal talent has been recognised time and time again. TV companies like Sky TV and Sky Sports have also engaged the services of Helen, enabling her to perform before thousands at televised major sporting stadium events. At events like these she has also been featured in both national magazines OK and Hello.

Helen celebrates oratorios 10th year anniversary!! Yes 10 years, she can't believe it and alas promises to remove the word young from the next order of business cards, but will obviously continue to use the ones she has left. She can't stand waste!!
So why the name Oratorio? Helen is a fully paid up member of Equity which has many upsides to her business providing insurance and public liability of up to 10 million pounds, the only down side is, she is unable to use her real name 'Helen England' as yet, unfortunately it has already been registered in the past by somebody else!! Helen didn't particularly want to change her name, as she had already made her own name for herself when she started her singing career at an early age of 14 and had already become well known, winning the hearts of people through her amateur dramatics, then her professional career on the cruise ships, singing anything from Musical theatre, classical, Jazz, soul and Pop, it was her classical ability which was recognised and noted by her audiences the most, On returning home and after her apprentice entertaining in the working men's clubs and restaurants throughout the north west, a decision was made to enter the wedding industry, and Equity being a must, Helen decided the simplest solution was to create a Company name, and after much research 'Oratorio' (A semi dramatic composition of sacred music), was born.
Helen has had and has no interest in becoming an actress, but through mutual friends, she ended up playing a very small extra part, in a feature docu-drama, (1599) Narrated by Christopher Eccleston and featuring Peter Hook of 'New order', telling the story of Queen Elizabeth the 1st courtiers, their lives their music and their homes, when it was pointed out to her that in a very small way she has become part of the history of the very same stately homes and churches mentioned in the film, Capesthorne Hall, Gawsworth Hall and Church, as she has already performed at these same said establishments and many more.
Her classical adventures began years before the cruise ship era, singing with 'Preludium', an all female Choir with full orchestra and fire work displays in the gardens of many of these stately homes throughout the summers, but never thought for one second, that her career would lead to her being asked to perform inside them, and feels so privileged to be able to have done so. She has been personally requested to perform for very special guests, by the Marques of Anglesey at their home, asked to open the VIP launch of The RHS flower show, at Tatton Park, and has found herself singing for many other dignitary's, such as the Duke of Devonshire, under the magnificent dome at The University of Derbyshire in Buxton, Many football legends past and present, including Bobby Charlton, Alex Ferguson too many to mention, and sang for Manchester united on the pitch at the Ajax Stadium, Amsterdam in front of 60,000 fans, she has also performed for many celebrities at the Red cross charity ball, at the Midland hotel Manchester.
And who has made all this possible? Who has put all these contacts together To accomplish all this? you'll be surprised to hear....it's her Brides, Her Grooms and their family and friends!! Due to the ancient old system 'Word of mouth' all the above mentioned performances in one way or another have been connected to them and their very special weddings she's had the honor and privilege to be asked to perform at on their most special day of their lives, she is sincerely grateful for all these amazing opportunities given to her. And is reputed to always recognise and remember her past Brides and grooms, when she see's them again, and is over whelmed when they return to see her at other events.
Helen's career has been quite diverse, with her vocal abilities being so versatile, she has found herself being the newest member of Cheshire's well known 11 piece soul band 'The Screaming Beavers, she's been on tour with the likes of Troy Andrews (Trombone Shorty) undoubted the next Loui Armstrong, who was over from new Orleans to record at the legendry Abbey Road Studios with U2 and Green day, she has performed at many Festivals, including an amazing festival wedding, (Singing in her heeled wellies, especially purchased!!)
Another small connection with history Helen recorded an album of mainly old English compositions and Christmas carols beautifully arranged by Fiona Corston, the aptly named album 'Maiden England' is available on iTunes, she has also become the vocal ambassador for Arighi Bianchi, Cheshire's well known luxury furniture department store and has performed for the past 6 years for them at their exclusive summer and winter sale grand openings and their Christmas parties, Helen recently performed at the newly renovated and renowned 'Savoy hotel' for the Bentley Drivers club 30th year dinner dance before they set of on a 30 day tour of Britain, she has also performed at Liverpool's world famous 'St Georges Hall' wowing them all with her amazing vocal abilities, and if that isn't enough Helen has also recorded some radio jingles, and between all this she is constantly learning specially selected songs that means something special to her clients.
On her amazing journey Helen has had the privilege to meet and perform with a variety of excellent performers with the same high standard as her own, from all over Britain and Europe, Leading to her new Venture Divas Disguised, (under cover performers) bringing this collection together, to produce a very high standard of quality entertainment, for clients events, returning to some of the most excellent venues, Castles, stately homes, Mansions, hotels and Marquees across the country, and giving others the opportunity to be seen and heard, Not just concentrating on Opera, she has the contacts for whatever Genre of music the client requires!! Always providing a very high standard of sound equipment and professional engineers, to suit all venues, weddings or corporate events. Helen feels she has the edge on other singing waiters as she understands it is the matching of the high quality performers and high quality sound that pulls the whole package together, and always try's to keep the cost reasonable justifiable and within reach, so don't be afraid to ask, you may be pleasantly surprised.
Divas Disguised has really taken off, and although Helen enormously enjoys portraying a Waitress dropping the wedding cake, a police/firewoman or conspiring with the client for their own scenario and having her audience on, until the reveal, Helen realises it has a relatively short life until people come to expect some madness and song, but she feels there will always a place for high quality professional vocalists to entertain at the wedding breakfast or corporate events.
Divas Disguised agreed to perform on Celebrity 4 weddings for Michelle Marsh. Michelle is quoted in OK magazine to have said 'It was the highlight of her award winning wedding. Helen has also helped to win two episodes of Channel 4's extremely popular program 'Four in a bed'. Firstly for Simon and Gary of the 'Old manor', a beautiful historic establishment in Staffordshire, and secondly for Rowena Moore of the Edwardian Themed Sandhurst Hotel of Middlewich. Footage of both these can be found in the
Helen continuously takes classical lessons and has done so for many years, she believes it's important to keep the lessons up, for pronunciation and technique reasons, not allowing her standard to drop, she has worked very hard to accomplish what she has achieved, and doesn't believe most people on 'X factor' or 'Britain's got talent' realise the hard work involved behind the scenes, the learning the travelling, and worst of all, the giving up of their social lives, the missing out, and the saying no, it is the weekends the evenings, the early starts, the late nights and the hanging around feeding off nervousness before the performances is so very hard, but well worth it!!
Helen never gets a chance to thank all the people that have been involved in her success, and to help make the events run smoothly, Toast masters, Hotel management, DJ's, catering staff, colleagues from the wedding industry and venues.

A big Thank you to you all

Hope you enjoy my website and music.

Best wishes

Helen.

THE TYPES OF FUNCTIONS & EVENTS HELEN HAS PERFORMED AT include...

Meeting up with the legend Tom Jones on the day he went grey at an awards night he was attending in London

Church Weddings...


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Working for Jools Holland in Edinburgh at his 48th birthday bash.

Civil Ceremonies...

 

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Red Rum's secret retirement party...shhhh he's not dead, just stepped out of the limelight.

Anniversaries & Birthdays

 

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