Helen Twomey 


Helen Twomey (née Greenhalgh) is a busy freelance violinist based in Orpington in the London Borough of Bromley. Her diverse schedule includes working with orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout London and the UK, a violin and piano duo, a piano trio and also spending time teaching her little Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars.

Helen began her violin studies at the age of seven and within six months of starting had progressed into orchestras within the Bristol area. Since graduating from London’s Trinity College of Music in 1999, Helen has had a varied career playing in a variety of musical genres as a performer from orchestral, chamber music, rock, pop and nu-folk. In addition to performing, Helen also teaches violin from home and has a successful studio of young Suzuki violinists.

Helen has had over 30 years experience on the violin as a performer and plays regularly with the Chameleon Arts Orchestra, DeHavilland Philharmonic and the Aurelian Ensemble. She has also worked with the Milton Keynes City Orchestra, Kentish Opera, New London Sinfonia and the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra. Since 2012, Helen has been playing with the Bromley-based Darwin Piano trio who have given recital programmes around London and the UK. They have performed in Bristol Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral, Chelmsford Cathedral, The Foundling Museum and St. Martins Within Ludgate. In addition to her piano trio work, Helen has performed with Eleanor Tagart as a violin and piano duo

In 2009 she recorded with $50,000 Sellaband Artists Daniel Ward-Murphy and Ellie Williams for their respective debut albums “Until the Morning Light” and “Unseen”, where she played both violin and viola. Helen has worked with singer songwriters and her playing has appeared on popular television shows such as BBC’s Waterloo Road and Channel 4’s Hollyoaks. Live radio shows include BBC Radio Kent, TalkSport 1089AM and Resonance FM. She has toured the UK, Denmark, Sweden, USA and the Netherlands. In addition to her regular violin, Helen also has a 4-string Bridge Instruments Electric violin with Boss ME-50 effects pedals.

Degrees and certificates that Helen holds are a Bachelor of Music BMus (TCM) from Trinity College of Music (studying with Gillian Findlay and Richard Crabtree), a PGCE (Post-Graduate Certificate of Education) in Music from the University of London’s Institute of Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Performance diplomas include a Licentiate of Trinity College London (LTCL) in Music Performance and a DipABRSM in violin performance. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). Helen is a Graduate Level 5 Suzuki Violin Teacher with the British Suzuki Institute and works as part of the Kentish Suzuki Group.

Helen plays on a 2011 Frédéric Chaudiere violin.


Helen is a mum to two Suzuki pianists. In her spare time, Helen is an England Athletics affiliated runner with her local running club in Orpington where she is a group leader. She has the UK Athletics license 'Leader of Running Fitness' (LiRF) and a UKA licensed guide runner for the visually impaired. She competes from 10km to half marathon distances. In 2019, Helen will have a new challenge to run her first marathon, the London Marathon to raise money for Bloodwise, a UK blood cancer charity. 

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