HELEN HABERSHON – BIOGRAPHY
Helen Habershon has always had music as part of her life. One of her earliest childhood memories was sitting beside her mother and feeling immensely proud as she improvised a piece of music on the organ at the beginning of a church service. Another early memory was looking out at the wood from her bedroom window and hearing a tune which she remembers to this day. At such a young age, she started winning composition classes at local music festivals.
After taking up the recorder age 4 and clarinet at 10, Habershon went on to study at the Royal College of Music with Sydney Fell and Gervase de Peyer. At the age of 22, she was appointed Principle Clarinet of the Orchestra Gulbenkian. Touring around the world, she has performed as a soloist in prestigious venues including many countries in Europe and America, one of the highlights being a concerto at the Lincoln Centre with the New York Chamber Symphony Orchestra under Gerald Schwarz. She has also appeared on television and radio on many occasions.
Habershon is deeply influenced and inspired by nature and this can be easily recognised in
much of her music. In 2003, whilst swimming in the sea in Brittany she noticed that all around her was sea, sky and the sandy beach and that it could have been a million years ago. In that moment she heard a tune which was to become ‘A Million Years Ago.’ This rekindled her passion for composition, and in 2009, together with pianist John Lenehan, she recorded her first album of twelve songs without words entitled ‘Found in the Rain’. Critically acclaimed, Classic FM described the album as:
‘…music that’s new to us, and which we think you will enjoy. This is calm reflective and pastoral music, which we will be featuring regularly on Smooth and Relaxing Classics’.
This album has also enjoyed much success in the U.S where it has been played on WYNC radio in New York and KDFC in San Francisco.
Now living in Somerset with her family, Habershon draws her inspiration from the sea, the moors and the countryside of South West England. Her second album Found in the Sunlight was released in April 2014.