James Henderson 2005 - 2006
James Henderson was born and educated in Guernsey. He made his debut as an organist on the organ of the Town Church in St Peter Port. He graduated with Honours from the University College of Ripon and York, St John – where he was also awarded the College Organ Scholarship.
In 1992 he was appointed as Organist and Choirmaster at the Lutheran Church in the municipal town of Tolga, Norway. In 1994, following his return to Guernsey, James became the director of music at the Town Church, St Peter Port and in 2003 was appointed Head of Music at the Ladies College, Guernsey.
Helen Grand 2006 – Present
Helen is a graduate of the University of London where she studied voice with Jane Gregson, piano with Audrey Ayliffe and conducting with Arthur Davison. Whilst in London she sang with the St Martin-in- the-Fields Chamber Choir, performing in St Paul’s Cathedral, the Royal Festival Hall and for Prince Charles and with the vocal group ‘Octopi’. For 14 years she worked as accompanist for Yateley Choral Society.
Before moving to Guernsey with her family, initially working as Director of Music at the Ladies’ College, Helen was Director of Faculty and Head of Music at Farnborough Sixth Form College, Hampshire, where she was responsible for one of the largest centres for music in England, with over 80 ‘A’ Level music students.
She has conducted choirs at The Anvil, Basingstoke and at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London and is now also the conductor of the Guernsey Choral & Orchestral Society where she undertook the first performance on the Island of Walton Belshazzar’s Feast.
Helen’s association with the Guernsey Chamber Choir was as a singer until she was invited to become conductor in 2006. In April 2009, she directed the choir in the first performance on the Island for 35 years of Bach’s St Matthew Passion and in July 2009, conducted the opening concert at the Festival de Musique Sacrée in St Malo Cathedral.