• Date and time: Wednesday 5 June 2019, 1pm to 2pm
  • Location: St Helen's Church, St Helen's Square (Map)
  • Audience: Open to the public
  • Admission: Free, but a retiring collection will be taken, booking not required

Event details

Drop in and enjoy soprano Helen Atkinson, self-accompanied on lute and harp, performing Medieval and Renaissance songs. Discover why music is one of the world's greatest wonders as you listen to a performance ranging from the 13th century Cantigas de Santa Maria to Shakespeare's songs delighting in the natural world. 

Come along and enjoy some beautiful music in an atmospheric setting in the heart of York.

Image: Helen Atkinson. Credit: K Findlater 

About the performer

Helen Atkinson started to play the lute and sing lute songs as a teenager, while attending Dartington Hall School. She continued playing the lute for several more years, both in England and the USA, receiving tuition from Catherine Liddell and Nancy Carlin.

As an adult, Helen settled in Oxford and focused on singing, performing as a soprano soloist with local choirs in large works such as Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s Nelson Mass. Since moving to York ten years ago, Helen has returned to her first love, the lute. She now performs as a solo lutesinger and collaborates with other musicians, including Musicke in the Ayre, directed by lutenist Din Ghani.


Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible