Founder – Helen Vorrath

Continuo Connect is the brainchild of Helen Vorrath. It’s the culmination of ideas she’s been pursuing for several years, finally brought to fruition during lockdown.

Helen has been a concert-goer since school-days, a subscriber to Musica Viva for over 40 years. She is a 3MBS Patron and Life Member, a donor to ANAM, the MRC and Musica Viva.

In the last decade or so, she’s become a much more active chamber music supporter, starting as a volunteer for the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (aka MICMC). She’s a member of the Victorian Committee of Musica Viva, Secretary of Genesis Baroque, and supporter of Melbourne Chamber Players. At the last MICMC she joined the Silo Collective to be part of the commissioning of Holly Harrison’s Balderdash.

Helen has derived so much pleasure from all these activities that she felt other people would relish the same opportunities to support chamber music – through modest donations or volunteer activities, or both. She says, “It’s such an uplifting experience to sit in a concert knowing that you have made a real contribution, however minor, to the existence of the performance, the ensemble, or the work.”

Because Continuo was born mid-lockdown, the first members were chosen from friends and relatives who lived within a 5km radius, so that the initial meeting to establish the organisation could be held in a local coffee shop. Watch this space for their stories.

Helen is currently Continuo’s President, Secretary, website designer and newsletter editor. She has  recruited a team to help in keeping the concert calendar up to date. Those volunteers will also appear here in due course.

Helen has refused to provide a current photo until such time as she can get a haircut to cut back the lockdown locks.

Instead she provided her avatar, which is how she prefers to imagine she looks.