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Helen Roycroft retires

Fri 18th Dec 2020

Best wishes to Helen Roycroft on her retirement

A poigant performance to say farewell from past pupils, current students and colleages -' For Good' from Wicked

Helen first came to teach in KH in 1978 at the tender age of 19, where she taught 4 students the Violin. At this time, Helen was studying Music in Trinity College. Helen then continued her Musical studies in The Royal Irish Academy of Music and every year John O’Sullivan, the then Head of Music in KH, would drive the school minibus to the steps of the Academy and collect Helen and her fellow music students to bring them to KH to play in the orchestra for the school musicals!

In 1982, Helen returned to KH to teach Violin part-time.  Once the then head of Music, Alfred Potter, discovered Helen was also a pianist, Helen’s hours increased to the extent that she gave up her teaching role in High School.

In 1998, Headmaster Harry Myer, appointed Helen as the new Head of Music. She undertook and developed this role with such consistent expertise, commitment and passion, that we have been awed and inspired by the Music performances of the students year after year.

Helen continued to perform professionally throughout her career in the Vocal Ensemble – Resurgam  under Mark Dooley, in productions such as the  Mesiah and numerous Concert Operas as well as with the Irish Baroque Orchestra. Helen also toured Ireland with Peter Sweeney and David Agnew, performing solo work.

It was in 2000 when Helen was asked to take on the school Chapel Choir where Helen’s skills and passion really flourished. Giving up her role in Christ Church Cathedral, Helen has led the KH choir to one success and wonderful awe-inspiring performance after the other. It is her love of the choir and the “relationships and vibe with the students” that Helen will miss most when she retires.

There are too many highlights to mention in Helen’s outstanding career in KH, but when asked, some of Helen’s fondest memories include being Musical Director of Grease and Calamity Jane, more recently, conducting the Orchestra and Choir in the St.Patrick’s Carol Service in 2019.

On Friday 18th Helen’s colleagues, her students and the choir surprised her with a wonderful collage of videos and a performance of ‘For Good’ from the Musical Wicked. The regard and love in which Helen is held is clear to see, we hope that you enjoy sharing this with us: ……………..