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Cerys Matthews – Live at the Hippodrome

November 30th, 2012 by Helen

Musician Cerys Matthews performing live at the Hippodrome in Leicester Square

Cerys Matthews recently performed at The Hippodrome Casino in London and the Hippodrome asked me to take some images for promotional use. When I first started out I took a lot of live music photography. As my career has progressed I have specialised in theatre, wedding and corporate photography, and the more work you do in a certain field, the more contacts you build and therefore you continue to do more. But I do really enjoy music photography so I jumped at the chance.

Cerys Matthews swings her guitar at the Hippodrome Casino  Cerys Matthews performs at the Hippodrome Casino in London

With live music, you are only allowed to take photos for the first two songs, which can be a little limiting. In theatre I often have the whole dress rehearsal so there are a lot more opportunities. But like so much of photography, your job is to work within the constraints and produce the photos. I stayed on to watch Cerys and was surprised by her easy charm and great musicianship. I hadn’t listened to her much since her Catatonia days, but she held the audience captivated and it was a very good evening.

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The Olivier Awards 2012

April 16th, 2012 by Helen

Yesterday I photographed the 2012 Olivier Awards and here are a few of my images from the day.

The Matilda actresses and Bertie Carvel with their Olivier Awards. Copyright Helen Maybanks 2012

I was commissioned by the Olivier Awards to photograph the event, starting on the red carpet through to the award winners with their statues

Matilda composer Tim Minchin on the red carpet at The Olivers at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden

Matilda composer Tim Minchin on the red carpet before the awards ceremony.

Actor Patrick Stewart being interviewed on the red carpet at the Royal Opera House

I was asked to get a variety of coverage, both straight to camera photography and images that capture the atmosphere at the event. The Oliviers were absolutely heaving with people despite the freezing weather – there was a hail storm shortly before the red carpet opened – but that didn’t deter the crowds. I was able to roam the carpet shooting the stars as they were interviewed. Patrick Stewart looks just as dashing in real life as he does on screen.

Celia Imrie on the red carpet at the 2012 Olivier Awards. Copyright Helen Maybanks 2012 Singer Ronan Keating on the red carpet at the Royal Opera House Dan Stevens at the 2012 Olivier Awards Actress Tyne Daly and her brother at the Olivier Awards

Please click on the thumbnails to see larger images of stars on the red carpet including Ronan Keating, Lenny Henry, Tyne Daly and Brian May.

Taylor Bagley and Zach Braff at the 2012 Olivier Awards Vincent Simone, Flavia Cacace and Arlene Phillips being interviewed on the red carpet Actor and comedien Lenny Henry at the 2012 Olivier Awards Anita Dobson and Brian May at the 2012 Olivier Awards

Sir Tim Rice backstage at the Royal Opera House with his Olivier Award

After the red carpet I went backstage where the award presenters and winners came to be photographed.  Lyricist Sir Tim Rice, who must be one of the loveliest people in show-business, with his Olivier award for outstanding contribution to musical theatre.

Olivier award winner Johnny Lee Millar with his statuette Siobhan McCarthy, Elaine Paige and Maria Friedman after their performances at the Olivier Awards Olympic athelete Jonathan Edwards and actress Katherine Kelly at the Olivier Awards

Oliver Awards website featuring the photography of Helen Maybanks

My photos are being used by the Society of London Theatre and the Olivier Awards to promote the event. Please check out the Olivier Awards website to see more images and to read more about the event. Above you can see a screen shot of the website featuring my photos of Anne-Marie Duff and James McAvoy

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Oliver Gooch

May 13th, 2010 by Helen

I photograph performer’s portraits from time to time and several weeks ago I photographed the conductor Oliver Gooch.

Oliver Gooch

Oliver wanted a range of portraits from a classic black and white headshot through to a more relaxed image that he can use on his website or for publicity purposes.

Oliver Gooch

Oliver studied at Magdalene College, Cambridge and trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio.  In 1999 he founded Opera East Productions as its Artistic Director, and they have toured the country performing a range of music from Britten’s chamber operas, Mozart’s da Ponte operas and the highly rated The Rake’s Progress.

Oliver Gooch     The conductor Oliver Gooch     A portrait of Oliver Gooch

To see a larger photograph please click on the thumbnail.

Oliver works regularly with leading opera companies including Royal Opera, Glyndebourne Festival and the Royal Ballet. Forthcoming engagements include Carmen at the O2 Arena and Heart of Darkness, and  concert engagements include Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

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Alex Vearey-Roberts

April 10th, 2010 by Helen

Last week I photographed the tenor Alex Vearey-Roberts. Alex needed a headshot for publicity purposes, but he was also looking for a some more relaxed portraits for his website and for promotional usage.

Alex Vearey-Roberts

Alex is a student at the International Opera School at the Royal College of Music where he is studying with Timothy Evans-Jones. He has had a lot of success in competitions, and recent achievements have included winning the audience prize at the London Welsh Young Singer competition and appearing as a finalist in the Les Azuriales Young Singers Competition amongst others.

Alex Vearey-Roberts

Alex has performed at the Brangwyn Hall as part of the Swansea Music Festival and at the Pump Rooms in Bath as part of the Bath Recital Artists’ Trust concert series. Oratorio highlights include Mozart’s Mass in C Minor (Mayfield Festival), and Mendelsohn’s Psalm 115 with Vox Musica and the South Bank Sinfonia at the Anghiari music festival, Italy.

Portrait of Alex Vearey-Roberts

In recent RCM productions Alex received critical acclaim in the role of Contino Belfiore in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera. Alex’s next major performance will be as Vasek in the RCM International Opera School’s summer production of the Bartered Bride which is playing between June 30th – July 4th at the Britten Theatre.

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The Level in Brighton

August 31st, 2007 by Helen

I went down to photograph my cousin’s band, The Level, in Brighton. During the days we did some posed shots as a band. The Level are from left to right: Reggy, (vocals and guitar), Will (Drums) Lisa (Bass) and Matt (Vocals and Guitar)

The Level

We did a variety of shots in Brighton, although we were curtailed a but by the unusually bad weather. To see a bigger image right click on the thumbnail.

The LevelBy the pier

In the evening we went to the Ocean Rooms and I photographed them playing live. They were fantastic, if you are ever down in Brighton, then check them out.



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