Battle Cry: She Speaks has been chosen as Presto Music's May Editor's Choice

Huge congratulations to Helen Charlston & Toby Carr, whose 'Battle Cry' continues to collect five-star reviews and Awards. Here's what Presto Music's Katherine Cooper has to say about their beautiful new album:

"The grave beauty of Charlston's inky mezzo is a joy in itself, and the fierce directness of her delivery makes a formidable impact in this programme of laments by Eccles, Purcell, Strozzi et al, with a terrific new commission by Owain Park (which feels perfectly integrated into the framework of the recital) also making its mark; Carr, always completely attuned to his singer's imagination, conjures some magical colours from his theorbo throughout"


Helen Charlson | Toby Carr

This powerful yet understated recital of modern and seventeenth-century works aims to revisit but also to re-balance the obsession of earlier music with female abandonment and lament.

The stories of women such as Dido and Ariadne have been told and retold throughout history. Mezzo-soprano Helen Charlston reconsiders the assumed helplessness of those often seen as being left behind by male adventure and success.