a little about
Originally from London, Helena's work in performance has taken her all over the world - she has toured extensively, performing in many world renowned venues throughout Europe, America, Australia, New Zealand, Cambodia, Korea and China. She has made many live television and radio broadcasts and appeared in many printed newspapers - including being the main feature on the front cover page of issue 100 of the Wellington News. She has worked with many recording artists and singer song-writers, notably Ronan Keating. She enjoys playing with a range of ensembles, from rock and roll bands, to folk and country bands, to classical and electric string ensembles - she is currently an active and original member of One Orchestra, Blast Electric LED String Quartet and plays with Giardino Strings at a range of events throughout the UK.
She trained in Violin at London's prestigious conservatoire, Trinity College of Music, before completing a music and drama degree at Royal Holloway, University of London, (ranked number 1 in the UK for it's music course), where she specialised in Solo Violin Performance. Whilst there, she also held a choral scholarship and has made many professional choral recordings for labels including Hyperion, Naxos and Convivium Records, as well as television and radio broadcasts. Alongside her work as a freelance violinist, she is a professional actress, and regularly works as an actor-musician, often using her violin on stage in theatre shows. She trained in acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, Los Angeles, where she was awarded an acting scholarship. She brings her theatrical background to her violin performances to create dynamic and engaging shows!
Career highlights include sharing the stage with Ronan Keating over a five month period, performing to the former Armenian prime minister, being featured as a soloist on BBC Sky News, being featured as the violinist in an upcoming Amazon Prime TV Series (currently still in production), an engagement in the famous 'Painted Hall' in the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich - a venue often described as "the finest dining hall in Europe", being cast in the multi-award winning production, 'Once The Musical' in London's West End, and performing at the world famous amphitheatre, The Minack Theatre, in a production of Shakespeare's 'The Winter's Tale', in July 2021. She has performed many leading and principle roles in UK and International Theatre Tours, sharing her violin music with audiences around the world! (For information on Helena's work as an Actor - Musician, click HERE). She has also created her own unique cirque style Violin acts - she is one of the only Stilt walking and Aerial violinists in the world and is an original member of the world's only stilt walking string trio, who debuted their act at Henley Festival. She was delighted to be invited to perform her aerial and stilt acts on Soneva Fushi, a privately owned and extremely elite island in the Maldives, to see in the new year 2020! New Year's Eve 2022 saw her performing at Annabels in Mayfair - one of the most exclusive and elegant private member's only clubs in the world! In February 2022 she was invited to perform for private marriage proposals at the Shard, London.
Some particularly special venues she has had the pleasure of performing at include:
- Annabel's Private Members' Only Club (Mayfair) - one of the most exclusive and elegant member's only clubs in the world!
- The Shard, Shangri-La (London Bridge) - where she is the regular violinist for marriage proposals
- Grosvenor Hotel (Mayfair)
- The Colony Club (Mayfair)
- Soneva Fushi Island (an elite, privately owned island in the Maldives)
- Syon House Conservatory, Brentford
- Hylands House, Chelmsford
- Many popular Asian Wedding Venues around London and Greater London
- Many incredible theatres around the world, including;
Phoenix Theatre (London West End),
Leicester Square Theatre (London),
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre (Regent's Park, London)
Buxton Opera House (Buxton, UK),
Sydney State Theatre (Sydney, Australia),
Naga Theatre (Phnom Penh, Cambodia),
Charlotte Theatre (Seoul, South Korea)
...to name but a few...