No Greater Love

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Helen started singing solos at a very young age at Salvation Army Centres where her parents Majors Bernard and Kath Pyman were the Commanding Officers.

Life as a child of officers meant Helen lived and attended Crawley, East Grinstead, Brighton East, Woodford, Parkgate, Sheffield Heeley, Clowne, Regent Hall, Lincoln and Newark Salvation Army Centres. However, it was at Clowne Corps that a teenage Helen was asked to sing in a girls singing group lead by Songster Leader Archie Crookston and from that moment on singing became her passion. Her school music teacher ensured she gained valuable vocal training and each year she attended the South Yorkshire Music School, immersing herself fully into the singing groups.
 
As well as singing Helen also played the cornet in Corps and Divisional Youth Bands and in 1977, she became one of the founding members of the London Ladies Brass under the baton of Maisie Wiggins. Their first engagement took place at Alexandra Palace, followed two days later with a performance at the Royal Albert Hall.

Helen would rather express her feelings and her testimony through song than the spoken word and wanted to record songs she loved to sing. Over the years many songs have been requested whenever she sang at concerts or when supporting her parents ministry. Producing this recording allowed her parents to use the CD in worship on occasions Helen is unable to attend.

When choosing what songs to include on this album, Helen wanted to include a mixture of popular songs that had a meaning to her, but would also challenge the listener with little or no faith. Her favourite song is ‘You Raise me up’. The beautiful lyrics and sentiment of this song has kept her going through difficult times.

Working for a local company Helen fulfils a number of roles from HR, accounts administrator and receptionist, her work colleagues know about her Christian life and many times she’s changed at work in order to go straight to a concert, prompting questions and allowing a very private Helen an opportunity to share her faith.

Singing in worship groups both The Salvation Army and with some amazing musicians at a local Baptist church in Lincoln, Helen has counted each opportunity of music making as a privilege and an honour. Through her singing, Helen has made some lasting friendships and she gives thanks to God for the gift of singing.

Helen has two grown up sons Carl and Tim and lives in Lincoln with her dog Sam (Samba) a rescue Border Collie cross with a Labrador.

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