A Magical Midwinter Concert of Solstice Songs and Carols
with Heloise Pilkington and Jenny Bliss
A festive concert of songs and carols to warm your heart and lift your spirit!
As the days darken and we approach the winter solstice, come and be transported into the magical realms associated with this time of year! These two songstresses will take you on an enchanting journey in song accompanied by a rich and diverse array of musical instruments.
7pm – 9.30pm
Saturday 8 December 2018
St Columba Church, Chantry Rd, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8DJ
‘Her voice is undeniably beautiful…’
Heloise Pilkington is a singer-songwriter, sacred sound priestess, voice teacher and versatile performer who specialises in using her voice as a medium for expression, healing and connection. Originally from London, she currently lives between Glastonbury and Crystal Palace.
Her third album Initiatrix launched in October 2017, produced by award-winning multi-instrumentalist Gerry Diver. The album is a beautifully crafted collection of songs, chants, instrumentals and invocations evoking the archetypal journey of descent in Goddess mythology.
As a professional singer, Heloise co-created the celebrated acapella trio The Madrigirls, singing renaissance madrigals (romantic songs written in several parts). The trio toured extensively across the UK and Europe, riveting audiences as diverse as the Hay Festival, Lambeth Palace and Athens Cultural Centre with their stunning three-part harmonies, colourful costumes and dramatic interpretations. Hailed by Classic FM as “The latest singing sensation”, The Guardian proclaimed, “The Madrigirls do for Madrigals what Liza Minnelli did for Cabaret”.
Heloise’s first album What Happened to the Day? (2009), a folk-orientated ensemble of personal musings on life and relationships, was followed by Lady of Avalon in 2013 which continues to sell worldwide. Marking a notable departure in style, this collection of sacred songs, invocations and chants was written to invoke the goddess in seasonal ceremonies at the Glastonbury Goddess Temple where she trained as a priestess.
As a priestess, Heloise is inspired by, and expresses, the deep archetypes of the Divine Feminine, as well as modern spiritual values like authenticity, co-operation, respect for The Earth, compassion, creativity, community, and the honouring and expressing of feelings. As a healing voice teacher, she runs a year-long course, ‘Ecstatic Voice: The Path of the Wild Soul Singer’, guiding people to recover the primal power of their voices.
Raised by musical and artistic parents (her father a concert pianist, her mother a gifted painter), Heloise had a very creative upbringing, her family home often bustling with musicians and artists. She spent much of her teenage years singing and playing guitar and while at Edinburgh University she was actively involved in the folk scene, performing in bars and pubs. Moving back to London, she studied Drama at the Drama Studio. After graduating, she joined the EU funded Sustainable Europe tour, touring Europe with a group of musicians and actors and a solar-powered PA system, sharing ideas and insights for living low carbon lifestyles.
Back in London, while beginning to walk a healing path and develop her psychic abilities, she also branched into comedy. Writing and performing sketches for Radio 4’s Loose Ends, she provided musical accompaniment to comedian Arthur Smith at various shows, and to drag queen Tina C at the Edinburgh Festival. Her flair for musical performance led her to co-found The Madrigals, and then looking for more personal expression, it was her meeting with music producer Gerry Diver that inspired the creation of her first folk- inspired solo album.
Moving to Glastonbury seven years ago, Heloise trained as a priestess and developed her skills as a sound healer. Just as Kirtan and Buddhist chant are used to invoke the divine spirit, as a priestess she uses the medium of her voice to create a deep space for healing and inner journeying at her popular Invocations at the Glastonbury Goddess Temple and other venues. In popular demand across Europe, Heloise regularly performs and teaches in Iceland and Sweden.