What Makes The Alba Duo Special?
- Wide variety of music with classical being a particular specialty
- Many popular and favourite pieces
- Traditional Scottish, Celtic and contemporary music
- Harp and flute duo available - see Alba Duo
- Professional wedding performers with many years experience
- Options: Harpist only, see Helen Thomson
Michelle McCabe and Helen Thomson first performed together in 1992 with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. Since 1999 they have collaborated on many occasions, giving recitals throughout Scotland and playing at many prestigious weddings and functions.
Michelle McCabe studied flute at the RSAMD and chamber music at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. Michelle freelances in Scotland and has performed with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Ballet, Scottish Opera, and various chamber ensembles including her flute quartet, Just Flutes with whom she has been a prizewinner of the RSAMD Chamber Music Prize, the John Tunnell Trust Competition, and the Royal Overseas League. Michelle also has a strong commitment to music education and leads creative music workshops for Artlink Central .
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 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.
Helen was a finalist in the 1997 Governors Recital Prize for Strings and in July of that year was awarded an Associateship of the Royal College of Music London.