- Helen Habershon:
- 1Winter Arrives (Arr. J. Lenehan)05:31
- 2Far Out in the Ocean (Arr. J. Lenehan)03:31
- 3Farewell Ice (Arr. J. Lenehan)07:09
- 4Requiem (Anna Akhmatova) [Arr. J. Lenehan]10:50
- 5Found in the Rain (Arr. J. Lenehan)02:40
- 6The Bronze Horseman (Arr. J. Lenehan): I. Gently Flowing05:55
- 7The Bronze Horseman (Arr. J. Lenehan): II. Andante02:47
- 8The Bronze Horseman (Arr. J. Lenehan): III. Appassionato02:47
- 9Peace (Arr. J. Lenehan)05:10
- 10Before Time Began (Arr. J. Lenehan)05:15
- 11Day of Judgement (Arr. J. Lenehan)09:19
Info for Found in Winter
Helen Habershon’s writing is instinctive and inspired. She is passionate about ‘our incredible natural world’ and it is the main source for her music. ‘Found in Winter’ expresses the many different faces of winter with its varied moods, and the ever-present threat of climatic change both cyclic and man-made.
The music has been wonderfully arranged for small orchestra (most tracks) by John Lenehan and is unashamedly tuneful, though never simplistic; impressionistic and almost visual in its impact. This album follows two previous CDs which were Album of the Month and Album of the Week respectively on Classic FM.
Helen is principally a clarinettist with a distinguished international concert, radio and TV career; after a serious injury to both wrists, she turned to composition and has never looked back, though now once again able to perform – as she does on this album.
The performers on the album have all established themselves as leading lights; John Anderson is one of the most recorded oboists in the world and professor of oboe at the Royal College of Music; Andrew Fuller left the RPO to follow a very successful career in solo and chamber performances, and John Lenehan has appeared on over 70 albums including solo recordings for Sony, receiving many plaudits. The London Primavera was formed in 1986 and consists of the foremost chamber musicians in Britain. It has appeared at many international festivals, has made two TV series, and several recordings. Anthony Halstead has made over 50 CDs all around the world with leading ensembles and is one of Britain’s most sought-after and versatile conductors
"All the works are well-performed by all concerned and the recording is ideal." (MusicWeb International)
Helen Habershon, clarinet
John Anderson, oboe
Andrew Fuller, cello
John Lenehan, piano
London Primavera Orchestra
Anthony Halstead, conductor
As a composer and clarinettist with a distinguished performance history, music has always been a part of Helen’s life and at a young age she was already winning composition prizes at local music competitions.
Helen then focused on performance where she went on to establish a career as an international clarinettist until a twist of fate resulted in her going back to serious composition. Unable to the play the clarinet for a couple of months due to two broken wrists she was allowed to play the piano. As a result she found herself hooked and the music began to flow from her pencil!
Her first two albums, Found in the Rain (2009) and Found in the Sunlight (2014) were immediately taken up by Classic FM as Album of the Month and Album of the Week respectively. 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’.
Both albums are played world wide and have also enjoyed much success in the States.
Helen studied the clarinet at the Royal College of Music with Sydney Fell and with Gervase de Peyer. After winning a scholarship to the IHEM in Switzerland she was appointed principal clarinet of the Gulbenkian Orchestra at the age of 22. Helen has performed as a soloist in prestigious venues in many countries in Europe, and a highlight was a concerto at the Lincoln Centre with the New York Chamber Symphony Orchestra under Gerald Schwarz. She has appeared on television (including Michael Parkinson) and radio on many occasions and has performed alongside icons such as Cliff Richard and Vanessa Redgrave.
Helen is deeply influenced and inspired by nature and this can be easily recognised in much of her music. When she was 8 years old she remembers looking out of her bedroom on to a wood and hearing her first tune which she knows to this day. This has been a regular occurrence and she feels very blessed to be the recipient of what she feels can only be described as a magical source of inspiration.
Another example was in Brittany In 2003. Whilst swimming in the sea she noticed that all around her was sea, sky and a 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.’
Helen cares deeply about ‘ our beautiful planet’ and in 2016 she was appointed ‘Composer in Residence’ for the very exciting Ice Warrior program with polar explorer and keynote speaker Jim McNeill, with an invitation to join an expedition to the North Pole!
They have recently collaborated in giving talks on the theme of music and nature which have been enthusiastically received.
Helen has now recently recorded her 3rd album, Found in the Winter, again with world class pianist and arranger John Lenehan, and with London Primavera Orchestra, conducted by Tony Halstead. They are joined by John Anderson, one of the most recorded oboists in the world.
It will be released in the next couple of months under the Divine Art record label.