Helena Debono & Charlie Bates Duo

Helena Debono & Charlie Bates. An Intimate Evening of Jazz.

Date: Fri, 22nd Mar
Doors 7:30pm | Start 8:30pm

Fri, 22nd Mar | Doors 7:30pm | Helena Debono & Charlie Bates


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‘There is no doubt Bates has mastered the skill of composing for large forces’ – Peter Bacon – Jazzwise

‘Helena’s singing displays great musicality, relaxed beauty and tone, and of course that immaculate timing’ – Andrew Cartmel (London Jazz News)

An Intimate Evening of Jazz

After their debut sell out show last year with their big band at Pizza Express Soho, multi-award-winning composer and arranger Charlie Bates and renowned vocalist Helena Debono are coming to Toulouse Lautrec as a Duo.

Helena and Charlie first met through the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and have since forged a great musical relationship. They have recently recorded their album featuring Big Band and Orchestra.

The album will be released later this year. They will be performing music from their upcoming album as well as new songs that the pair have been working on that have not been performed before. Their original music takes inspiration from the Jazz greats.

Line Up

  • Helena Debono- Vocals
  • Charlie Bates- Piano

Helena Debono is a captivating Jazz/Soul/Pop vocalist hailing from South West London. Her effortless, emotive performances of Jazz standards and original compositions have earned her acclaim in the UK Jazz scene. With appearances at renowned venues like Ronnie Scotts and PizzaExpress, as well as festivals including Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Helena’s natural talent leaves audiences yearning for more.

Her debut album ‘Right Here’, blending Jazz classics with her own creations, garnered praise and has surpassed 30k streams on Spotify. Notably, she celebrated a Sold-Out Album Launch at PizzaExpress Holborn and performed a livestream from Ronnie Scotts with over 5k streams. Graduating with a first-class degree in Jazz Music from Leeds College of Music, Helena’s journey includes performances at esteemed venues like the Brudenell Social Club and Hifi in Leeds.

As the Female vocalist for The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO), she garnered attention with a BBC Radio 3 interview by Emma Smith for “Jazz Now”. Notable performances include London Pride in Trafalgar Square with ‘The London Gay Big Band’ and collaborations with ‘The Puppini Sisters’. Helena’s talents extend to private events, including notable appearances at Buckingham Palace.

Charlie Bates, a London-based multi-award-winning composer, arranger, and pianist, graduated with first-class honors from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. His debut album for big band, ‘Silhouettes’, was praised by The Guardian’s John Fordham as “impressive and inventive”. Serving as composer-in-residence for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Charlie conducted performances at prestigious venues like Air Studios and Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club.

His accolades include the Dankworth Award, the Eddie Harvey Award, and an Ivor Novello award for composition. Charlie’s compositions have been featured on BBC TV and Radio, as well as Jazz FM, with live performances showcased on BBC2. Notably, he collaborated with the world-famous NDR Big Band in Germany as a guest composer, arranger, and conductor.


  • Date : Fri, 22 Mar
  • Time : 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm (Europe/London)
  • Venue : Jazz Club
  • Doors Open: 7:30 pm
  • Start Time: 8:30 pm

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