Helena grew up in Perth, Scotland and moved to London in 2012 to begin studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2016 with a First Class in BMus Jazz (Hons) and also awarded the Anjool Malde Jazz Prize for the highest jazz final recital mark that year. In 2015 she won the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year, and in 2017 she won the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award, the prize of which she is using to record and release her debut album.
After graduating, Helena stayed on for two years as a Guildhall Artist Fellow for the jazz department at the Guildhall. She is now busy with a freelance career as a performer and teacher. She has performed at the Glasgow Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival, Aberdeen Jazz Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott’s.
Helena has also played with musicians such as Barry Green, Nick Costley-White, Calum Gourlay, Tommy Smith, Ryan Quigley, Hamish Stuart, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (featuring Joe Locke, Arild Andersen, Tommy Smith), Issie Barratt.
Helena plays and teaches saxophone, clarinet and flute. Please visit the Contact page if you would like to get in touch.