Helen Tunstall

GRSM, ARCM, Hon ARAM

Harp - Contemporary Music Studies Tutor

Principal harpist with the London Sinfonietta, freelances with all the major London orchestras

In demand as a studio harpist for TV, film and pop sessions

Born in London, Helen studied at the Royal College of Music with Marisa Robles and Fiona Hibbert. She is principal harpist of the London Sinfonietta, Endymion and the Orchestra of St John’s Smith Square and leads a busy freelance career playing solo, chamber and orchestral music with all the major London orchestras and ensembles.

Recent performances include the concerts at the BBC Proms, Southbank Centre, Barbican, Kings Place, New York and London Jazz festivals and appearances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St John's Smith Square and London Sinfonietta.

She is a top London studio player recording classical, contemporary, film, TV and commercial music. Recent recordings are Harrison Birtwistle's Orpheus Elegies for oboe and harp, works by Tarik O'Regan for Collegium, chamber works by Silvina Milstein, Among Angels with The Sixteen, an NMC Sound Census CD, recordings with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and recordings of works by Howard Blake, John Rutter and Carl Davis.

She has worked on films such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Wallace and Gromit, Lord of the Rings, Batman, Secrets and Lies as well as music for Guy Barker, Robbie Williams, Annie Lennox, Joni Mitchell, Bjork, Il Divo, Leona Lewis, Amy Winehouse, Katie Melua and Rufus Wainwright. Recent film recordings include Edge of Darkness, Nanny McPhee, Another Year, Eclipse, An Education and TV music for Lark Rise to Candleford, Life in the Undergrowth, Natural World and Life.

 

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