Wedding Singer in Cheshire

Extended Biography

Helen (Sandra Blake) was born in North West England on the 11th August 1983. Her Parents were the World / British Ballroom Champions and at the age of three Helen was already following in her parents footsteps, even at this age Helen had already decided that she wanted to become a ballerina so her parents enrolled her in a local dance school.

Helen made her debut appearance at the age of five as the bride in the 'Wedding of the Painted Doll' (composed by Nacio Herb Brown & Aether Freed) From the age of seven Helen wanted to follow her dream of becoming professional ballet dancer and went on to train at the North Cheshire Theatre School in drama, voice & of course dance. During her time at the theatre school Helen performed at many leading theatres up and down the country, such as Sadler’s Wells, London Palladium, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Granada Studios, and Disney Land, Paris.

At the age of twelve Helen was introduced to voice coach and Professional Opera singer Jayne Carpenter and has never looked back since. Within the first year of having vocal coaching Helen found a new career path forming in Musical Theatre and Classical singing.

As a teenager Helen appeared in a number of amateur productions with S.C.A.M.P.S (South Cheshire Amateur Music Society) and was nominated for 'Best Musical Actress' in the North West by NODA (National Operatic & Dramatic Association). Helen studied with Carpenter for nine years developing her voice, languages & technique before taking the next step towards her career in gaining a place at a conservatoire. During this time Helen worked at The Bridor Dancing Academy teaching dance in the styles of Theatre, Freestyle, Ballroom and Disco to all age groups.

At the age of 21 Helen won a scholarship to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff.

Helen has studied with many prominent professionals across both Classical and Musical Theatre. Including Suzanne Murphy (principal soprano with Welsh National Opera 1976–85) Jane Samuel (principal accompanist for Katherine Jenkins). Helen has performed in master classes with Jeremy Huw Williams, Helen Field, Dame Margaret Price, Beatrice Unsworth and Jeffrey Howard (arranger in residence for Only Men Aloud!). After four years training at the RWCMD Helen graduated in 2008 from the Vocal and Opera Course with a BMus (Hons) degree.

During her time at the conservatoire Helen also travelled frequently to London to expand her training with Ian Adam (Scottish Opera & West End leading voice coach).

Helen believes that you can never stop learning and continues her vocal training at the Ian Adam Song Studio, along with singing in many concerts all over the country and many weddings.

Singing at a wedding in Cheshire