Helen first encountered the cornett during postgraduate research in musicology at Birmingham University. After initial studies with Jamie Savan, Helen went on to study at the Schola
Cantorum, Basiliensis under Bruce Dickey, generously supported by Birmingham University's Centre for Early Music Performance and Research. Helen graduated in 2008 with a final concert programme
exploring three centuries of cornetto performance practice, from the 15th-Century Italian frottole repertoire to the large-scale sonatas of Johann Heinrich Schmelzer. Since completing her studies,
Helen has continued to pursue research and editing interests, focussing on the little-known repertoire and performance practice of the cornettino, and is currently working on a complete performance
edition of the instrumental sonatas of Matthias Weckmann. Helen is also a founder member of Habsburger Camerata, a chamber ensemble dedicated to researching and performing the music of the Habsburg
courts from across Europe. Habsburger Camerata performed to high acclaim at the York International Early Music Festival Young Artists Competition in 2011 with a programme of instrumental sonatas by
Antonio Bertali and his contemporaries.
Helen has performed with some of Europe's leading period ensembles, including La Chapelle Rhenane, L'Arpa Festante, Capriccio Basel, the Gabrieli Consort and Players, QuintEssential Cornett and
Sackbut Ensemble, Barockensemble De Swean and I Fagiolini, with whom she recorded Italian Vespers 2012 to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Giovanni Gabrieli. As a multi-instrumentalist
Helen has spent much of this year working on productions at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, starting with Henry V on tour and in residence at the Globe and now on Twelfth Night in the West End. Helen
was thrilled to be invited to join His Majesty's Sagbutts and Cornetts in 2012.
After five years spent abroad in Switzerland and Germany, Helen now lives and teaches in Somerset.