Helen studied flute at Chetham's School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music with Richard Davis, graduating as an ABRSM scholar with a Masters in Music (Distinction) and an International Artist Diploma.
As a soloist, Helen’s awards include the Harriet Cohen Award, Musicians Benevolent Fund and Countess of Munster Postgraduate Awards, RNCM Gold Medal, RNCM Concerto Competition, RNCM Woodwind Soloist Competition, the British Flute Society Performance Plus Competition and in 2006 Helen was a woodwind finalist in BBC Young Musician of the Year. She is an artist for Park Lane Group and Concordia Foundation and has performed as a soloist in venues including the Purcell Room, St Martin in the Fields and gave a performance of Ibert's Flute Concerto with the Manchester Camerata.
Helen is the founder of Tempest, an award-winning flute trio whose successes include winning the 2013 Royal Over-Seas League Chamber Music Competition, and Second Prize in the 15th International Kuhlau Flute Competition. They have given recitals in the UK and abroad at venues such as the Wigmore Hall. After auditions, the trio was selected as artists for the 2013 Park Lane Group Concert Series and the 2013/14 Manchester Midday Concert Society, they work for "Live Music Now!" giving workshops and performances across the UK.
As an orchestral player, Helen has worked with the BBC Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Opera North, John Wilson Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru, Malmo Chamber Orchestra (Sweden), and is a listed extra for the Welsh National Opera Orchestra and Royal Ballet Sinfonia. She was a participant on the LSO St Luke's Woodwind Academy 2011 and has also played in training orchestras including the European Union Youth Orchestra, Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain between 2003 and 2006.
Helen is interested in all kinds of music and strives to be a versatile performer. As a jazz player, she held the flute chair in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra 2008-2013 and has toured with the F-IRE Collective. She also plays ethnic bansuri flutes and her works and arrangements have been played at venues including Queen Elizabeth Hall and Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas!
Helen’s flute playing was as dazzling as her dresses in a concert that included Schubert and Prokofiev and a new work by Kenneth Hesketh entitled ‘Entanglements’. Two composers were new to me, André Jolivet and Paul Taffanel, and it was Jolivet’s Chant de Linos that provided the most thrilling performance of the evening. Ferocious and exciting from the off, it seemed to have a tempo like a runaway train, always accelerating. At the end, you were left on the edge of your seat. Helen gave lucid introductions to each work and it was instructive also to see how for certain performances she took care to distribute the score, made the recital room a stage. Flautists sometimes have a near-dance as they move into their instrument, and she made space to do that here. An evening of enchantments.Jildy Sauce - The Music Review
Helen typically performs up to 2 hours of background music, perfect for drink receptions and dinners. She is also available for showcase performances and evening recitals. Additional times can be negotiated.
Please do enquire if you'd like Helen to perform a particular piece of music and we will forward your request.
Travel expenses are included unless your location is further afield. Please enquire with your venue location for a precise quote.
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