Helen Clare became a household name of the 1930s with regular broadcasts on Radio Luxembourg, Normandy and the BBC including a residency with Jack Jackson at the Dorchester. Although by that time 2016-may-helen-001-copy-2Helen had already been singing for nearly twenty years!

 

Helen Clare was in Bradford in November 1916, although Helens earliest memories are of Australia, where she was taken at around age 4. It became clear that young Helen had a rare gift for singing that led to her touring Australian theatres and concert halls, billed as “Little Nellie Harrison-Child Wonder”. This “Child Wonder” was not singing little novelty numbers but grand opera arias including the “Jewell Song” from Faust. Helens voice amazed the public and critics alike and bought her to be publicly praised by Galli-Curci and even Dame Nellie Melba who while marveling at young Helens voice, shook her head and said “this voice must be preserved and not be used for years to come“. This presented professional death for the infant prodigy, as no venue would go against the opinion of the then God like Melba in the Australia of the 1920s.