Professional Violinist.....



.....and Violin Teacher

Helen Griffiths - Professional Violinist, Professional Violin Teacher

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I have been a professional violinist for 25 years. I studied at the Royal College of Music with Rodney Friend and Hugh Bean.

I started my career as a member of the 1st violin section in the BBC National Orchestra of Wales where our principal conductors were Mariss Jansons and Tadaki Ottacca and then went on to play with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under the principal conductorship of Sir Charles Mackerras. I have been freelance since 1990 and have been lucky enough to work and tour with the major orchestras in the country, such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

I have performed with the original Royal Philharmonic Pops Orchestra, when "Hooked on Classics" and "Proms in the Park" crazes first became popular and went on to perform with many great classical artists such as Pavorotti, Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo on their world tour of "The 3 Tenors", after the world cup in the '90's, Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming and Maxim Vengerov, to name but a few. I have performed many times at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with many of these artists and orchestras and have also toured extensively to venues all over the world in Japan, Korea, Russia, Scandinavia, Europe, South America and the USA.

On a lighter note I have also worked, recorded and toured with artists such as Johnny Mathis on his UK Tour, Richard Clayderman's Far East Tour to Japan and Korea, Russell Watson and Catherine Jenkins. I've played on many film tracks, most notably Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings and with many session bands in Abbey Road, London and in shows such as Phantom of the Opera and the Sound of Music and regularly with the BBC Concert Orchestra's "Friday Night is Music Night". I've also performed at the Royal Palladium with Shirley Bassey and then went on to play many shows with her at glamorous venues in St Moritz and Monte Carlo.

I have settled and live in Birmingham and play with the City of Birmingham Symphony 0rchestra and the Birmingham Royal Ballet orchestra.

I play on a Matthias Thir violin, circa 1788

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