20 Years of Girls at King’s: Profile – Helena Cooke

Our next alumnae profile to celebrate 20 Years of Girls at King’s focuses on 2012 leaver Helena Cooke.

Helena joined King’s in 2003. Whilst here she studied Music, French and English Language at A Level. After leaving King’s, she headed to University of York, and is now a professional singer, based in London.

In her spare time, Helena enjoys doing photography, participating in sport and music, and going out for food!

What is your favourite memory from your time at King’s?

My last year of Junior School – I just remember constant enjoyment. Or performing in Sondheim’s Into the Woods. Or my A Level subjects, they were all completely fascinating and I’m still loathed to throw any of my notes away.

Did you have a favourite teacher?

Mr Lloyd was my form teacher for four years, and was just such a genuine, kind and encouraging man, who really loved what he did. Or James Millard – he was a phenomenal music teacher and I’m sure is a huge part of the reason why it’s both my main passion and career now.

What advice would you offer current students who may be interested in a similar path to yours?

You’re probably in it for love, not money, and that’s fine. Music enriches my life hugely.

What is your ultimate ambition?

To sing opera, or to take photos, or both.

If you are one of the hundreds of female students to have attended King’s over the past 20 years, please take a minute to fill out this quick questionnaire by clicking this link and email a recent photograph of yourself to ilc@kingschester.co.uk