Our story

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As a boutique opera artist agency based in London, we specialise in the management of professional concert and opera singers throughout the world. Our vision to build and sustain our artists’ long-term career is the focus of everything we do. We work closely with our artists to nurture their talent and provide tailored management that caters to their ever-evolving needs.

Helen Sykes Artists' Management – Opera artist agency based in London
Helen Sykes Artists' Management – Opera artist agency based in London
Helen Sykes – Helen Sykes Artists' Management – Opera artist agency

Helen Sykes

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Following her academic studies at Bristol University and the Inns of Court School of Law in London, Helen Sykes spent a number of years on the administrative and fund-raising staff of English National Opera. Over the course of her diverse career, Helen has been invited to serve on the jury panel of numerous international singing competitions throughout Europe and Asia. Driven by a strong work ethic and an inherent passion for the performing arts, she was inspired to set up Helen Sykes Artists Management in 1986. She joined the British Association of Concert Agents (BACA) two years later, and spent nine years on its Executive Committee (1991-2000).

With her finger placed firmly on the pulse of the international artist management scene, Helen is the current Deputy Chairman of IAMAthe only worldwide association for classical music artist managements. With over 300 members from 30 countries, the Association strives to support its members and raise professional standards in the business of music. As part of the organisations Executive trifecta, Helen and the Board of Directors are responsible for the policies and conduct of IAMA (International Artist Manager’s Association). Their activities range from the regulation of the classical music industry to keeping members informed of developments across the wide spectrum of activities that comprise a managers function.

Helens uniquely eclectic wealth of experience as a barrister, administrator, adjudicator, and fund-raiser guides every artist strategically through the oftentimes complicated business of classical music. Her reliable and steadfast directorship serves as a solid foundation for the environment of warmth and compassion that underpins the agencys management philosophy.

Email Helen Sykes
helen@helensykesartists.co.uk

Mary Craig – Helen Sykes Artists' Management – Opera artist agency

Mary Craig

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A former student of voice at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Mary Craig has enjoyed a long and varied administrative career in management and opera. Her work with Rawstron Still and Athole Still motivated Mary to set up her own successful agency, which she ran for 15 years until her retirement. The opportunity to return to the industry came in 2005, when Mary joined Helen Sykes Artists Management as a partner.

Mary is currently a mentor in the vocal faculty of the Royal Academy of Music and has been invited to lecture on the business of opera in a variety of the UKs most prestigious music institutions. She is also a member of the multi-disciplinary British Voice Association. Classical music has been a lifelong love for Mary and she is wholly dedicated to nurturing the young artists of today. With an endless abundance of enthusiasm, Mary thoroughly enjoys navigating the stars of the future through their musical career.

Email Mary Craig 
mary@helensykesartists.co.uk

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