“The universal language of music bridges all barriers and this project encourages empathy and support of each other – something I believe to be vital in current times.”
Helen Ostafew is a British composer, singer, pianist and conductor. She is a soprano in the World Choir For Peace and first started working with Nicol Matt through singing in The Chamber Choir of Europe.
Her compositions combine influences from classical, folk, world music as well as film music. Her Requiem for Humanity brings together world views on life and death with texts from Buddhism, Daoism, Judaism alongside parts of the latin mass and quotes from inspirational leaders like Gandhi. It was released on album by Dutch chamber choir La Colombe in 2015 and has been performed throughout Europe and on numerous BBC radio 3 shows including being chosen for BBC Introducing. Her two movement work Endymion was recorded by La Colombe in February 2020 and will be released later this year.
Helen has a BMus from the University of Leeds where she majored in classical singing and went on to sing with numerous professional project choirs including Consensus Vocalis and La Colombe, and to perform as a soprano soloist. She currently sings in the Chamber Choir of Europe doing project tours, workshops and concerts throughout Europe. Recent tours include Austria and Germany with John Rutter for his European Church Music prize and workshops and a Germany tour with Morten Lauridsen, for the Light Eternal CD release. In 2018 she also joined them on tour to Verona with the Italian Philharmonic Orchestra performing Mozart’s Requiem.