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.
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Helen is thrilled to announce she has received National Lottery funding via
Arts Council England to support the extended Research and Development of her new Opera, Sophie, following initial development and research funded by Women Make Music and PRSFoundation. Inspired by the extraordinary artist/dancer Sophie Taeuber Arp, the work shines a light on her relationship with poet/dadaist Jean Arp and the challenges she faced as a female artist before her premature death in 1943. A semi-staged sharing of extracts is planned for August 2021 at the Tête à Tête Opera festival to coincide with the new Sophie Taeuber Arp exhibition coming from MOMA to Tate Modern.
A fully staged realisation of the work in entirety is anticipated for 2022/3.
Catch up on BBCiplayer to hear Helen talking to Dominic King on 23/10/19 about her work Haze inspired by JMW Turner and the premiere of a beautiful new film by Phil Miller which weaves images of the Turner paintings which inspired Helen's work with sublime imagery of the Kent coast, seen as it is today. Generously supported by Arts Council England Haze was performed by CantiaQuorum at the Gulbenkian theatre, Canterbury on Friday 1st November 2019, to coincide with the hosting of the prestigious Turner prize at Turner Contemporary, Margate. Seen as 'the greatest of the age' by art critic John Ruskin and seen by many to be the first 'modern' painter, Caddick’s Haze reacts to the sumptuous colours and use of light employed by Turner in five delicate paintings, pieced together to form a fictional narrative - one that endures to this day - of a man and boat at sea, at the mercy of the elements. Haze aims to add a further dimension to the audience, as if they themselves had stepped forward into the artworks.