As a performer Helen formed a Piano Duo with Peter Noke which established itself as one of the foremost ensembles in England. They made regular broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, appeared on BBC and Australian television and performed throughout the UK, both as recitalists and with many of the leading orchestras including; Philharmonia, English chamber Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and Concert orchestras. Their highly acclaimed recordings of Schubert and Dvorak on the Hyperion Label led to a direct invitation to perform in Prague at the famous ‘Hall of Artists’.
More recently Helen recorded the title track for the award winning film ‘Of Time and the City’ directed by Terrence Davies.
Success as a teacher has led to Helen’s students achieving prizes and performance opportunities both nationally and internationally.
Highlights include: 1st prize winner in X1 Competition ‘Arjau’ leading to performances throughout Spain and a recording contract with Solfa; Ist prize winners of Manchester International Concerto Competition, both junior and senior sections; category finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, winner of the Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artists’ Award offering promotion of concerts throughout the UK; 2nd prize winner in Porto International competition; finalist in the Royal Overseas League Competition, Jacques Samuel Competition London, and Ettlingen Piano Competition, Germany.
Students have performed in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Carnegie Hall and the Bridgewater Hall.
She has been Artistic Director of the ‘Ravel Portrait’ a major public keyboard festival held at the Royal Northern College of Music and the ‘Scarlatti Day’ project, celebrating the 250th anniversary of Scarlatti’s death. This, a daring undertaking to perform all 550 keyboard sonatas in one day created major interest both nationally and internationally.
Helen’s interest in teaching and professional development has included being the major contributor in devising material for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools’ of Music Professional Development course, and working as a Mentor within this programme. She has devised educational programmes for children including a commission from Manchester City Art Gallery to create ‘Sound Pictures’ for young children aged 6-8 years. She has established and delivers the practical course of pedagogy for Under-graduate piano students and recently devised and co- ordinates the new cross- school Practical Pedagogy Course for Post – Graduate students.
As a teacher who has gained international recognition Helen has given master classes in UK, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Germany, Spain and Austria. She has adjudicated extensively in UK and abroad. Overseas engagements have included an invitation to give master classes in Barcelona as part of the ‘Centre for Piano Studies’, at Vienna State University and being a jury member on the Taranto International Competition in Italy.