Biography

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Helen Twomey BMus (TCM) PGCE (QTS) LTCL DipABRSM FRSA



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 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.

 

Helen’s diary is held by Morgensterns Diary Service and has over 30 years experience on the violin. As a performer of classical music, she plays regularly with the DeHavilland Philharmonic and Chameleon Arts Orchestra around the UK and has also worked with Milton Keynes City Orchestra, Kentish Opera and the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra on many occasions. Since 2012, Helen has been playing with the Darwin Piano Trio, who have given recital programmes around London and the UK including Bristol Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral, Chelmsford Cathedral, The Foundling Museum and St. Martins Within Ludgate. In addition to her piano trio work, Helen also performs as a violin and piano duo with Eleanor Tagart. 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.


Degrees and certificates Helen holds are a Bachelor of Music (BMus) 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 certificates include a Licentiate of Trinity College London (LTCL) in Music Performance, a DipABRSM and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). Helen is a Level 4 accredited Suzuki violin teacher with the British Suzuki Institute and works as part of the Kentish Suzuki Group.


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In her spare time, Helen can be found training for 10km, 10 mile and half marathon distances. In 2017 she became a UK Athletics licensed guide runner to help visually impaired runners.


Helen plays on a 2011 Frédéric Chaudiere violin

© Helen Twomey 2016