What Makes Helen Thomson Special?
- Wide variety of music with classical being a particular specialty
- Many popular and favourite pieces
- Traditional Scottish and Celtic music
- Harp and flute duo available - see Alba Duo
- Professional wedding performer with many years experience
- Options: Opt for harp and flute as a duo
Helen is a very popular freelance harpist in Scotland who works with a wide variety of different musical styles. She is equally at home performing at weddings as well as with professional and chamber orchestras. Plus, she performs in her flute and harp duo Alba. Helen also works with various singers and choirs and can easily adapt to other musicians you have at your wedding.
Helen can play during the ceremony or the reception, even during the reception meal which adds a wonderful and memorable touch. Music ranging from Scottish traditional, classical, light classics, popular, contemporary and folk.
Helen has performed and recorded with many of the leading orchestras in the UK and has successfully recorded 'The Peoples Mass' with the Dunedin Consort for Delphian Records.
Past experience has included a collaboration with Mezzo Soprano Taylor Wilson in the first performance of Five Chinese Odes and Lines from a Tomb of an Unknown Woman by John Rose for Mezzo Soprano and Harp. Also, performances at Glasgow University Chapel during the Musica Nova Festival and "The Swan" with Julian Lloyd Webber at Proms in the Park, Glasgow Green.
Helen Thomson began her harp studies with Sanchia Pielou, continuing with Eluned Pierce and Eira Lynn Jones at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. She graduated DRSAMD (Teachers) in 1995, CPGS in 1996 and in 1997 she gained her Masters of Music Degree in Performance.
Helen performs and records with many of the major Orchestras in the United Kingdom and has appeared as a soloist with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Bach Consort and The Academy Strings. She appeared as the on-stage Harpist in Scottish Opera’s production of Smetana’s Dalibor, and was one of the four harpists performing in Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Helen has toured throughout Europe as well as China, Taiwan.