Helen Hassett commenced her singing studies at the Cork School of Music with renowned Singing Teacher, Robert Beare. During these years of study in Cork she won numerous scholarships and prizes in singing competitions and indeed performed the Premiere of several New Irish compositions.
Upon obtaining an Honours Bachelor Degree of Music she secured a place at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where she completed a post graduate Diploma in Early Music Performance. Helen then returned to Cork and earned a First Class Honours Teaching Diploma from the Cork School of Music.
Since her first solo professional performance at the age of 19, Helen emerged as one of Ireland’s finest young sopranos. A string of performances during her earliest years with The RTÉ Concert Orchestra, RTÉ Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Cecelia, Cork Symphony Orchestra and Dublin Baroque Players re-enforced her reputation of excellence as a recitalist and concert soloist.
Throughout her undergraduate years Helen became one of the busiest sopranos in Ireland showing incredible versatility in a variety of styles and genres, many of her performances resulting in glowing reviews. Her first solo performance at the age of 19, received special mention in The Examiner: “Helen raised the quartet solo to a special high that was a joy”.
Other reviews at this time included: “the singing of the soloists was full of character and Hassett was suberb” (Irish Times ); “the soprano soloist, Helen Hassett communicated tonal beauty with clarity and chasteness” (Irish Times) “Helen Hassett is not just a singer, she is also a musician who communicates brilliantly with her eyes and expressions” (The Irish Examiner).
In parallel with her performance career, Helen also lectured in Baroque performance at University College, Cork and was a voice teacher at the Cork School of Music. In 2001 Helen became the Head of Vocal Studies in Cork School of Music succedding her mentor, Bobby Beare.
Having returned to Mullingar in 2005 , Helen continues to perform both here and abroad . She has appeared as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra in the Contemporary Music Festival in Dublin proving her clear and accurate tone not only lends itself well to her specialist repertoire, music of the renaissance and baroque eras, but also to the contemporary repertoire.
Helen is the current soprano section coach for both the Irish Youth Choir and the Ulster Youth choir. Helen is passionate in her pursuit of arming singers with solid technique , musicality and confidence they need to perform. She is proud to have taught some of Irelands most promising up and coming singers. Helen is the vocal teacher at St Finian’s schola cantorum in Mullingar and continues to divide her time between performing and teaching.