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Currently freelancing in the UK, Helen has guested as Principal Harpist with many of the UK Symphony and Chamber Orchestras including the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia and the London Symphony Orchestra. A founder member of the chamber ensemble CHROMA, Helen also regularly works with Lontano, and has issued recordings with the Gabrieli Consort, Britten Sinfonia, Berkeley Ensemble and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Recent concerto appearances include Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto with the Orchestra of the Swan and Handel’s Harp Concerto with the City of London Sinfonia.
Alongside her playing career she enjoys coaching young harpists and is one of the harp tutors for the National Children’s Orchestra. She has also had success with coaching instrumentalists through the mental side of audition preparation. She has a successful teaching practice and is happy to work with any age of student. In addition to her playing and teaching careers she is Chair of the United Kingdom Harp Association. After reading music at Clare College, Cambridge, Helen became a scholar at the Royal College of Music where she was awarded many prizes and was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra for three years. Helen is also a keen sportswoman: she has run the London Marathon, and is an experienced coxswain. In the latter capacity, she is a veteran of both men’s and ladies’ first 8’s at Clare College and has coxed at the Henley Women’s Regatta many times. She is a qualified rowing coach and regularly coxes and coaches at Sudbury Rowing Club.
"The finest pedal harp that has ever been made in Britain. It is much lighter than most concert harps and, this combined with an original body construction, has a range of sonority and dynamic that is quite remarkable.”
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