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International vocalist, entertainer, producer and musician Helen Welch returns to the BOP STOP with some cool, tasteful and entertaining seasonal renditions to get you in the mood for the Holidays! Helen and her fabulous trio; pianist Joe Leaman, bassist Bryan Thomas and drummer Anthony Taddeo will feature a ‘chocolate box of songs. Tickets to this event are $25 each. This event will not be livestreamed.
Helen Welch is an internationally acclaimed vocalist, entertainer, producer and bandleader. Her unique talent for arranging songs to make them her own, coupled with her ability to intimately engage her audience, has quickly earned her a large and devoted following around the globe. A native of England, Helen began her career on television’s Romper Room. Since her early success she has headlined with world-class organizations such as the BBC Big Band, Glen Miller Europe, Opus One and others at some of the UK’s most prestigious venues including: The Ritz, The Savoy, Blenheim Palace, The Grosvenor House Great Room, Claridges and many theatres in London’s West End. Additionally, she held starring roles in a variety of popular musicals including: Hello Dolly, Barnum, Carousel, 42nd Street, Calamity Jane and Oliver Twist.
After a very successful run in the U.K., Helen relocated to the United States to guest star in the Broadway musical Smokey Joe’s Café. Her success awarded her opportunities to sing with the Blossom Festival Orchestra, Grant Park Symphony Orchestra (Chicago), the Florida Symphony, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and more. Since that time Helen has been producing and starring in a variety of themed, quality shows which have appeared numerous times at prestigious venues such as; Cleveland’s Playhouse Square, the Akron Civic Theatre, the Chautauqua Institution, E.J.Thomas Hall and many other theaters both large and small around the U.S. She is repeatedly asked to return to venues in which she has performed.
In 2006 Helen produced her big band CD “One Dream” using the nationally renowned Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. Rosemary Riddle, daughter of famed arranger Nelson Riddle, gave Helen the original Nelson Riddle arrangement of Zing Went the Strings of my Heart for her to perform and record on this CD. Apart from Judy Garland, Helen is the only other vocalist to have used and performed this arrangement on a recording and she still uses it today in her big band performances.
Helen also performs three of her shows with full orchestra using her world-class symphony arrangements and has starred with many different symphony orchestras throughout the U.S. and in England. Helen was invited twice to perform with the Blossom Festival Orchestra, which is part of the Cleveland Orchestra. For these particular concerts the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation gave Helen permission to go to the Library of Congress in Washington to go through Ella’s collection of music which she then used for these special symphony orchestra concerts.
In 2016 Helen’s CD, “Spellbound,” her fourth album, was considered for a Grammy nomination. More recently her new album; “Superstar. The Carpenters Reimagined” was launched to a sold out theatre in Playhouse Square, the 2nd biggest theatre district in the U.S.A! One year later it returned and sold out for a second time and is booked once again for April 2023.
in 2022 Helen sang the anthem for NBC’s Sunday night football for the second time and her talents were mentions on American Idol.
Helen continues to tour her hugely successful “Superstar. The Songs. The Stories. The Carpenters” a show that Richard Carpenter gave her permission to produce. She also tours
“The First Ladies of Song”, “Come Together! The Beatles Reimagined” and many of her other shows around the United States and the UK.Back to Calendar