helen sharp


HELEN SHARP photo by Claire Shovelton

HELEN SHARP photo by Claire Shovelton

Currently freelancing in the UK, Helen has guested as Principal Harpist with many of the UK Symphony and Chamber Orchestras including the City of London Sinfonia, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and the London Symphony Orchestra. A founder member of the chamber ensemble CHROMA, Helen also regularly works with Lontano, and has issued recordings with the Gabrieli Consort, Britten Sinfonia and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Recent concerto appearances include Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto with the Orchestra of the Swan and Handel’s Harp Concerto with the City of London Sinfonia.

Alongside her playing career she enjoys coaching young harpists and is one of the harp tutors for the National Children’s Orchestra. She has also had success with coaching many different instrumentalists through the mental side of audition preparation. Helen administers the annual Camac-sponsored harp classes at the North London Festival of Music. There are classes from Grades 1 through to Conservatoire level, culminating in the Camac Harp Competition for harpists resident in the UK who are under the age of thirty. She also serves on the Freelance Orchestral Committee of the Musicians’ Union.

After reading music at Clare College, Cambridge, Helen became a scholar at the Royal College of Music where she was awarded many prizes and was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra for three years. Helen is also a keen sportswoman: she has run the London Marathon, and is an experienced coxswain. In the latter capacity, she is a veteran of both men’s and ladies’ first VIII’s at Clare College and has coxed at the Henley Women’s Regatta many times. She is a member of Sudbury Rowing Club.