Hello! I’m Helen; a relatively new member of staff at SMA. I’m delighted to be teaching and accompanying here, and love the variety it brings and the wide number of students it enables me to work with. The Academy has a lovely family/community feel to it, which is wonderful to be part of.
I have lots of performing and teaching experience, having taught higher education students at the Royal Northern College of Music, as well as primary and secondary school aged children at the RNCM Junior department, and younger children at home.
At 14, I went St. Mary’s Music School. Whilst there, I won the National Mozart Competition and came 3rd in Young Pianist of the Year. I had my first experiences of playing concertos with orchestras, which was both great fun and a significant great learning curve.
As a postgraduate student at the RNCM – studying with Renna Kellaway – I performed at some well-known venues, such as Bridgewater Hall; Manchester, Philharmonic Hall; Liverpool, and St. Martin-in-the-Fields; London. I performed Beethoven’s fourth piano concerto with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra and Berg’s concerto for piano and violin. This said, I have equally enjoyed giving recitals at some of the humbler music clubs around the country; it is an honour and privilege to share music and meet people from all walks of life.
I teach also at Stretford High School, Manchester, which also brings a wealth of joy and challenges. I hope in my teaching I inspire children to believe in themselves and help them in their learning; it is a privilege to be alongside another on their journey of discovery, progress and achievement.