The York Festival of Early Music has announced that award-winning and critically acclaimed mezzo-soprano Helen Charlston will join the organization as Artistic Advisor in May.
Replacing harpsichordist Steven Devine, she will work alongside advisors such as John Bryan, Lindsay Kemp and Peter Seymour.
Charlston, winner of the London Handel Competition, is a member of the Les Arts Florissants Young Artists programme, a BBC Next Generation Artist and a 2018 City Music Foundation Artist. She is also the founder of the Rising Star of the Enlightenment.
“We are delighted to welcome Helen as a new Artistic Advisor joining our already established team of experts. Artistic Advisors play an important role in the development of our work, and we are sure that the expertise and experience of ‘Helen will be huge assets to the festival,” York Early Music Festival Executive Director and Director of the National Center for Early Music, Dr Delma Tomlin MBE, said in a statement. “Helen has a long association with York and we look forward to working with her. We are sure she will bring some bright and fresh ideas as we head into York Early Music Festival 2023.”
Upon her appointment, Charlston said: “I am very pleased to join the York Early Music team as artistic advisor. It is such an honor to work with one of Europe’s most important and progressive early music festivals, renowned for promoting and championing the work of young, emerging artists. I have always enjoyed playing in York and now I can look forward to spending more time working in this beautiful city and soaking up the atmosphere of fabulous medieval splendor from the festival center to St Margaret’s Church.