Héloïse Werner

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2017

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Soprano

Location: Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Website: www.heloisewerner.com

Recently described by The Stage as “a rising figure on the contemporary music scene” and by The CUSP Magazine as “one of the most exciting young sopranos emerging in the industry”, Héloïse Werner is a performer interested in music as drama and music for the stage, experimenting with different genres and techniques. She is shortlisted for a Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award 2017 in the Young Artist category, in association with BBC Radio 3.

As a soloist, she has performed at London’s leading music venues including Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, St John’s Smith Square, Wilton’s Music Hall, The Forge, Blackheath Halls and Union Chapel, and been broadcast on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, Resonance FM and London Live. She also appeared at the 2016 BBC Proms as one of the two singers performing in Steve Reich’s Music for large ensemble with the Multi-Story Orchestra in Peckham’s car park.

Héloïse has recently finished starring in Jonathan Woolgar’s acclaimed one-woman opera Scenes from the End at London’s Tristan Bates Theatre, following on from successful runs at the Camden and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals 2016. She performed an extract from the opera live on BBC Radio 3 and the show was featured in the Evening Standard “Arts picks of the week” and “The ten hottest tickets in town”. She has been awarded a residency at Snape Maltings (July 2017) to develop her next solo show, a new one-woman opera about language, memory and identity, which she is writing with Octavia Bright. She will perform the work in 2018.

Héloïse is soprano and co-director for award-wining contemporary quartet The Hermes Experiment (clarinet, soprano voice, harp and double bass), winners of the Tunnell Trust Awards 2016, Park Lane Group Young Artists 2015-16, UK Young Artists 2014 and winners of Nonclassical’s Battle of the Bands 2014. The ensemble regularly commissions new works (over 50 so far) as well as creating their own innovative arrangements and venturing into live free improvisation. The group also strives to create a platform for cross-disciplinary collaboration: they recently created a "musical exhibition" with photographer Thurstan Redding and a new interpretation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale which they developed during an Aldeburgh Music Residency. Praise from The Observer includes "[t]his clever mix of instruments is more versatile than you might first think", and the ensemble’s performances have been described by The Times as "meticulously nuanced, witty and chic". The Hermes Experiment receive support from Arts Council England, the RVW Trust, Britten-Pears Foundation, Hinrichsen Foundation, Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust and Oleg Prokofiev Foundation.

Aside from Scenes from the End, other recent operatic roles have included: Doctor in Maxwell Davies’ Kommilitonen! (Welsh National Youth Opera), Anya in Mannequin, a new one-woman video opera by Maria Vatenina (Tête à Tête Festival Opera), The Vixen in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen (CUOS) and Love in Gluck’s Orfeo (CCMS). She is also involved in the development of a new punk opera / musical The Crocodile of Old Kang Pow by Darren Berry (from Penguin Cafe) due to open next year.

Héloïse is a founding member (vocals/cello) of five-piece folk band The Coach House Company, who have released two original EP discs - The Coach House Company (2014) and Maiden Tales (2016). She also regularly plays with various other bands including The Amazing Devil.
As an ensemble singer, Héloïse is a founding member of vocal ensemble SHARDS, who will feature on Nils Frahm's upcoming album. She also performs with choirs such as Polyphony and Philharmonia Voices.

Héloïse was born in Paris and was a member of the ‘Maîtrise de Radio France’ for six years. At the same time, she studied the cello at the Conservatoire Maurice Ravel with Valérie Aimard. She then read music at Clare College, Cambridge, where she was also a choral scholar under Graham Ross. At Cambridge, she studied composition with Giles Swayne and won the 2011 Clare College Carol Competition. In 2009, she was awarded the ‘Creation Prize’ from the Conservatoire Maurice Ravel for her songs for piano and voice, which she performed as part of her cello final diploma. She is currently completing her vocal studies with Alison Wells on the MMus course at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (on a scholarship), where she was recently a finalist in both the Soloists’ & Roy Pleasance Competitions. She is a Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award holder.