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Helen James (Clarinet, Clarinet Eflat, Clarinet Bass) Profile

Also: Basset Horn 

Helen's Orchestral bookings include …

  • Orchestras: National Symphony Orchestra.
  • Orchestras (Opera/Ballet): Grange Park Opera, Stanley Hall Opera, Winslow Hall Opera.
  • Chamber Orchestras: English Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia.
  • Shows: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Les Miserables, Mary Poppins, Wizard of Oz.
  • Education Work: English Young Artists Sinfonia.

other items of interest …

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Milton Keynes City Orchestra, St Paul's Sinfonia, W11 Opera Orchestra, London Philharmonic Open Ear Orchestra, Richmond Chamber Symphony Orchestra, Ernest Reed Symphony Orchestra, Jersey Symphony Orchestra, I Maestri, The Wallace Ensemble.

Training Orchestras: National Musicians' Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Desk Partnership Scheme, London Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Trinity College of Music Orchestras, Northern Junior Philharmonic Orchestra, Young Sinfonia (Youth Orchestra of Northern Sinfonia), Durham County Youth Orchestra - Banff International Festival of Youth Orchestras.

Shows: including Bugsy Malone, Flora the Red Menace, Joseph, Little Women, Oliver, Strike up the Band and The Fiddler on the Roof.

Sessions: National Film and Television School, TMandrake, We Are Family (BBC 2), The Queen (Channel 4)

Concertos: Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with St Paul's Sinfonia (2007) and the premiere of Andy Meyer's Bass Clarinet Concerto with the Kingston Chamber Orchestra (2008).

Helen is co-principal clarinet in St. Paul's Sinfonia and is on the extra list of the Welsh National Opera Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Northern Sinfonia.

Helen's chamber music performances include Clariphonics (Purcell Room Young Concerts artists' recital January 2009), the Acacia Wind Quintet, the Meridian Clarinet Quartet and the Vena Reed Trio. Recent chamber music performances include appearances at the Hampstead and Highgate Festival, the Purcell Room with Joan Enric Lluna and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


Graduate studies

Trinity College of Music where she gained BMus First Class Hons in Performance (2003), LTCL Teaching (2003) and PG Dip (2004).

Prizes and Awards

  • Park Lane Group Young Artists selected group (with Clariphonics, 2008)
  • Royal Overseas League - wind chamber music semi-finals (2008)
  • Manchester Mid-Day Concerts Society - shortlist (with Clariphonics, 2007)
  • Park Lane Group Young Artists shortlist (with Clariphonics - 2007)
  • Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artist — finalist (2004)
  • Croydon Soloist Competition — second place wind (2004)
  • TCM Postgraduate Scholarship for wind (2004)
  • Gladys Puttick Memorial Prize for Improvisation (2003)
  • TCM Soloist Competition — Semi Finalist (2003)
  • Wilfred Hambleton Prize for Excellence in Clarinet Playing (2003)
  • TCM Students' Union Chamber Music Prize — Highly Commended (2003 and 2004)
  • Wilfred Hambleton Clarinet Award (2002)
  • James Etherington Award (1998)
  • William Bigg Memorial Prize (1998)


Fiona Cross, Hale Hambleton, Anthony Jennings (Bass and Eb), Joan-Enric Lluna, Jennifer McLaren (Eb), Michael Whight.

Helen joined Morgensterns in April 2006

Helen's web profile was last updated 8th Feb 2019


Helen James (Clarinet, Clarinet Eflat, Clarinet Bass) Profile

Also: Basset Horn 

Education/Outreach experience

Helen places great value on music outreach work and has been extensively involved in projects with:

  • the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Concertlink and Have a Go sessions)
  • the Newham Academy of Music (Wider Opportunities Projects, workshop leader)
  • the Lanterns School of the Performing Arts (workshop leader)
She has also taken part in schools projects with the Meridian Clarinet Quartet and given solo recitals in schools.

Teaching experience

Aside from playing, Helen is an enthusiastic teacher and currently teaches clarinet at Finton House School and Homefield Preparatory School.Helen also has several private pupils.


Helen James (Clarinet, Clarinet Eflat, Clarinet Bass) Profile

Also: Basset Horn 

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