“[I]f there’s anything more joyous than the full-body conducting of Erin Helyard I haven’t seen it in a long while.”
–The Australian, 2013
“Is there room for more superlatives? Because behind all these performances stands the figure of Erin Helyard, both conductor and researcher of this production. His achievement is colossal.”
–Australian Stage, 2013
“Erin Helyard conducts the Orchestra of the Antipodes with plenty of fire, and draws the type of performance from them you could expect from a rock concert — dynamic but with a relentless rhythmic drive.”
- Daily Review, 2015
"But it is Helyard who must take the evening’s highest honours, for musical direction that lends clarity to every word, bends supply with the speech rhythms of the recitatives, lets his excellent instrumentalists breath and articulate as one, has the dramatic pace of a good thriller, and walks the tightrope between laughter and tears with consummate grace."