Helen Littlewood originally began learning music at the age of 5, beginning with the keyboard. Living in Chelmsford, Essex, Helen studied singing from the age of 11 under Dee Mardi. She began performing in concerts at school (Chelmsford County High School for Girls), competing in the Chelmsford Competitive Festival of Music, and entering graded exams. She enjoyed being part of the school choir, samba band, and started her own gospel choir. Performing in lunchtime concerts at the Cramphorn Theatre alongside others provided further performance experience.
By the age of 18, she had obtained her Grade 8 in singing, her primary instrument, and began learning further at the University of York. There, she studied a BA (hons) undergraduate degree in Music. She enjoyed learning a broad variety of subjects, including Jazz, Indian, Gospel and Classical music. In her final year, she composed, directed, scripted and produced an original musical as her dissertation based on the story of Robin Hood. She ran the university music department's gospel choir, Zamar, for two academic years, including gigs at festivals in and around York, along with the honour of performing at the Olympic Torch Ceremony. She composed and arranged music for eight-piece band for her final recital, performed in May 2012. Throughout her time in York, Helen was also a part of the Music Education Group, a student-led organisation running workshops in primary schools in and around the area of York. She enjoyed running gospel singing workshops as well as helping others with theirs. Throughout her time at university, Helen enjoyed discovering, developing and improving all aspects of music, performance and composition.
Since graduating in July 2012 with a 2:1, Helen returned home to Chelmsford, Essex, to teach music privately, along with working with choirs and schools. She is now based in Broadstairs, Kent. She currently teaches a wide range of pupils, aged 5 upwards, teaching singing, piano, keyboard and theory. Within her lessons, she aims to integrate an understanding of musicianship skills such as sightreading, aural skills and music theory where required. Helen teaches all voices and genres in singing, specialising in Jazz, Musical Theatre, Pop and Gospel. It is important to have a good foundation of breathing technique, good posture, and vocal placement, which she teaches in all genres, as well as encouraging creativity in a safe and comfortable environment. She tailors lessons to suit the individual, whether that be learning for exams or as a hobby.
She also offers GCSE and A level support. Alongside these skills, Helen teaches composition and arranging skills for choral arrangements, jazz/swing/big bands, pop songwriting and musical theatre.