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Helen Caddick is a composer, songwriter and arranger living in Whitstable. Born in South London, she studied at Goldsmith’s University of London, majoring in Composition under the guidance of Melanie Daiken and Edward Gregson before studying with John McLeod at the London College of Music in scoring for Film and TV. Her work has featured on SkyArts, Channel 4, Resonance FM, BBC Radio Kent, BBC 3’s Late Junction, at the Deal and Wise Words festivals, Channel Radio, performed in the UK and abroad.
On Saturday 18 August 2018 her work Amphora received it's London premiere at the prestigious Tête à Tête - Europe's largest Opera festival.
On Thursday 12 October 2017, Helen's work Amphora received it's world premiere generously supported by Arts Council England and The Royal Holloway, University of London. Performed by Soprano Katherine Crompton and accompanied by the electrifying CantiaQuorum ensemble, the piece featured the incredible dance and choreography of Kamala Devam with a dada inspired costume designed and created by swiss couturier and textile artist Martina Trottmann. A further two performances were subsequently held on Saturday 14 October. Please see the reviews page for audience responses to the work.
A live feed of the Amphora performance was broadcast via Turner Contemporary's Facebook page www.facebook.com/turnercontemporary
In the Spring 2018 edition of The Musician Helen's work Amphora was chosen as a top pick favourite - see reviews page for full review.
On 5th July 2018, as part of the Deal Festival, there was a special performance of Helen's piece Bright Planet. Reimagined with new choreography by Trinity Laban's Vanessa Michielon and Songhay Toldon, Bright Planet was performed by the brilliant CantiaQuorum Trio with dance students from the Goodwin Academy in the Foyle rooms at Turner Contemporary, Margate.
As part of POW! 2018, Helen gave a recital of her first album, 'Between sleeping and waking...' in homage to the suffragettes and to mark the centenary year of the first British women gaining the right to vote, the recital took place at the Walpole Bay Hotel, Cliftonville, Margate on Saturday 10 March.
On 26 September 2017, Helen was interviewed about her work by Nathalie Banaigs for Channel Radio.
On Tuesday 16th May 2017, the new Tate Britain's Great British Walks series was broadcast on Sky Arts, featuring work by JMW Turner. Within this episode, we heard examples of Helen's work as she spoke about her work Haze and of how Turner's work inspired it.
On Sunday 8th January 2017, on the last day of the JMW Turner: Adventures in Colour exhibition at Turner Contemporary, an extended version of the film HAZE, documenting Caddick's process in the creation of the work, was shown at Turner Contemporary followed by a Q+A with the composer. HAZE was generously supported by Arts Council England.
On 7th/8th October 2016, Helen Caddick's new piece, Haze, was premered by CantiaQuorum at Turner Contemporary. Generously supported by Arts Council England, it is inspired by the JMW Turner: Adventures in Colour exhibition.Using the colours and light incorporated into the paintings to inspire mood, atmosphere and instrumentation, Caddick selected 5 artworks by Turner to piece together a fictional journey taken by sailing boat around the east coast, declared by Turner to have 'the loveliest skies in Europe'.
To partner the work, a film by Phil Miller documents Caddick's process from initial thoughts through to performance of Haze and subsequent recording. Initially installed in the gallery, the film can now be viewed at https://www.turnercontemporary.org/exhibitions/the-movie-haze
Haze was released on 1st November 2016 and can be purchased at https://helencaddick.bandcamp.com
The film Inflight for which Helen wrote the soundtrack was selected for the 2016 Wisewords festival and looped throughout the festival. Directed by Ian Cross and Steven Marshall, it features photography by Maria Mochnacz.
Her work Bright Planet, scored for trio, was released on 24th March 2016. Inspired by the work Palas for Pistolas by Mexican artist Pedro Reyes, where 1,527 guns previously used in drug crimes in the mexican city of Culiacan were melted down and remoulded into shovels with which to plant 1,527 trees, Bright Planet deals with the concept of renewal and rebirth. Bright Planet was premiered by CantiaQuorum, one of the Uk's newest and most exciting ensembles, at Turner Contemporary, Margate in January 2016 with the musicians surrounded by Pedro Reyes 2013 work Disarm created from instruments made from de-commissioned weapons.
Helen Caddick's album of solo piano compositons entitled 'Between sleeping and waking...fleeting scenes from imaginary films' was released in August 2015.
On 21st September 2015, Helen was invited to perform specially selected pieces from the album as part of the Secret Southbank events, held at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Helen opened and closed a final concert to mark the closure of the building for its 2 year renovation and was the last performer on the stage before it was dismantled. Tracks from Between sleeping and waking... have been featured on both BBC 3's Late Junction with Nick Luscombe on 19 January 2016 and by sound artist Milo Thesiger Meacham on Resonance FM on 8 December 2015. Tracks were also used to accompany screenings of clips by Georges Melies in a tiny cinema for one as part of WhitLit 2015.
Helen launched her album Between Sleeping and Waking...fleeting scenes from imaginary films at All Saints, Tudeley on her birthday, 20th February 2016, performing the pieces on a beautiful old Bechstein Grand Piano surrounded by stunning stained glass windows created by Marc Chagall.
Her work Bright Planet Trio for Trumpet/Flugelhorn, Piano & Violin, received it's world premiere in January 2016 at Turner Contemporary Margate. Performed by musicians from the brilliant CantiaQuorum ensemble,
Other works include While she sleeps and Margate Motion performed at the Turner Contemporary Gallery’s Sound of Music weekender event May 2009; Soulless for String Sextet performed at the Timezones festival in Italy, as part of the meltdown festival at the Royal Festival Hall and as part of the Sound of Music Weekender event in May 2009.
She has appeared on BBC Radio 4 as part of the award winning programme Building Bridges broadcast April 2014 - a programme exploring the use of the Middle 8 in songwritng which won a New York Gold award.
Her arranging projects have involved collaborations with the band Shack and Michael Head on the albums Time Machine released 2007; and now for the weather Tom released August 2003 as well as the critically acclaimed 1997 album The magical world of the Strands, released 1997, rereleased 2015. Alongside producers Mark Coyle and Angeli Dutt, Helen has also arranged for the bands Smaller and Coast.
Film scores include memo directed by Ian Cross - as part of a series of films on Artificial Intelligence for Channel 4 - January 2001; Inflight directed by Ian Cross and Steven Marshall, featuring photography by Maria Mochnacz - Nominated for award at 1999 Kunstmedia Internationale Festival This Bastard Business, written by Navin Chowdhry, and directed by Sean Hogan - Winner of Best Film and Best Audience award at Bradford Film Festival 2000.
Scores for theatre include Hush, directed by Donnacadh O’Briain performed at the Arcola theatre, Hackney 2005 & nominated for Fringe 1st at the Edinburgh Festival 2005; The Double Bass written & directed by Sean Hogan performed at Greenwich Playhouse Theatre; Joe for Hampstead theatre; Bouncers and Shakers by John Godber directed by Anna Coombs performed at the Eye Theatre, Suffolk; The Fall of the Lion by Greg Lawrence & Mick James directed by Anna Coombs performed at the Drill Hall, London; The Powder Room by Sharon Byrne directed by Doc Watson at Luton Theatre, London.
She has performed and arranged for the comedy/cabaret group Nirvanarama, performing at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Festival of Britain celebrations in 2011; has collaborated with the singer Wendy Robinson of The Popinjays and is the former keyboard player/writer/arranger of the band My Life Story with whom she arranged and performed for 5 years, seeing the release of their first album Mornington Crescent and 4 eps.
photo by Lee Carter