At the age of seven, after moving on from an early dream of
being a singer, Helen set her heart on becoming a cellist. She
studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Raphael
Sommer, a highlight from this time being the invitation to take
part in master-classes with Paul Tortellier as part of the
Chamber Music Festival in Saint Sernin, France.
After returning to Scotland, she took an active role in the
Scottish music scene, playing continuo in many churches
and cathedrals, coaching chamber music in the Mendelssohn
On Mull Festival, freelancing broadly orchestrally and playing
at the official opening of the Edinburgh Festival Theatre.
During this period she was awarded an Arts Council grant to
further her chamber music studies.
Pursuing her interest in the role of music in the development of individuals, Helen enjoyed working on the education project “Ring Time” with the Scottish based contemporary arts ensemble, Red Note. She is a founder member of Roxburgh Quartet.
Helen has two sons and lives in Edinburgh. In addition to playing, she enjoys teaching a wide-ranging circle of cello pupils.