Helen was a student at the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Emanuel Hurwitz.
During her studies she won a Principalís award and the John B. McEwen Prize for string quartet playing.
She then began her freelance career, performing with various groups including:
In 1983 she accepted a 2nd violin position with English National Opera where she was twice promoted, and for 14 years was a sub-principal. During this time she maintained her freelance work, as well as joining the Crisantemi Quartet and giving solo recitals.
In 1999 Helen became 1st extra player at English National Opera and has been actively developing a freelance career including work with: