Helen Caddick is a south London born composer, songwriter and arranger whose passion and interest in all genres of music has inspired her work. This in turn has enabled her to collaborate with musicians, artists and directors in both theatre and film on a diverse range of projects. Helen’s unique compositional style has drawn many admirers and her style of writing has been described as both emotive, timeless and filmic. Her arranging has also drawn attention and she has worked on critically acclaimed albums including The Magical World of the Strands & Here's Tom with the Weather with Michael and John Head. She believes everything around you can be used to inspire music, whether it’s things you see or hear, fragments of sound, dialogue, art, nature – all can be interpreted musically. Her work has featured on SkyArts, Channel 4, Resonance FM, BBC Radio Kent, BBC 3’s Late Junction, Channel Radio, performed in the UK and abroad.
Thrilled to be commissioned to create a new work for the Lilith ensemble - a new European ensemble 'committed to innovative, socially-conscious, genre-fluid performances'. Helen's work 'We are Here' will be released as part of a CD anticipated for Spring 2022.
A culmination of extended research and development supported by Arts Council England, Helen presented semi-staged extracts from her new Opera Sophie at London's 2021 Tête à Tête Opera Festival. Inspired by the extraordinary artist/dancer Sophie Taeuber- Arp and her relationship with poet/dadaist Jean Arp, Sophie explores the challenges she faced as a female artist before her premature death in 1943. The sharing at TaT 2021 coincided with the first major UK retrospective of the artist's work at Tate Modern. Directed by Lucy Bradley (ROH, Glyndebourne), conducted by Chris Hopkins (ENO) with choreography by Kamala Devam, the role of Sophie was sung by Glyndebourne Artist Elizabeth Lynch alongside Neil Balfour as Jean with dance by Yanaëlle Thiran and Aaron Baksh.
A short film giving insight to Sophie at this R+D stage can be viewed here:-
Photo Credit Lee Carter