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Helen Downham



  • Philharmonia (Extra Work)
  • CBSO (Extra Work)
  • Manchester Camerata (Extra Work including Guest Principal)
  • Nevill Holt Opera (Principal 2013-15)
  • Mid-Wales Opera (Guest Principal 2009, 2010)
  • Cork Opera (Principal, 2008)
  • St George’s Chamber Orchestra
  • Southern Sinfonia
  • Sinfonia Viva


  • Deputy for Sondheim’s Assassins at Menier Chocolate Factory, 2015
  • Deputy for Dessa Rose at Trafalgar Studios, 2014
  • West Side Story ATG National Tour, 2013-14
  • Cameron Mackintosh’s Oliver! National Tour, 2011-2013
  • The Opera Show (onstage string quartet) tours of U.S. and Scandinavia, 2010
  • All Angels UK Tour 2010, Chris de Burgh UK Tour 2009 including TV appearance, Madness, Kanye West, Blake, Russell Watson


  • Orchestra of the Swan (Haydn D major, 2006)
  • Alfriston Ensemble (JC Bach C minor, 2012)
  • Walsall Symphony Orchestra (Schumann, 2009)
  • Oxford Cello School Orchestra (Gulda, 2008)
  • Huntingdonshire Philharmonic (Saint-Säens No.1, 2007)
  • Sutton Coldfield Orchestra (Rococo Variations, 2005)
  • Ethel Smyth’s Cello Sonata for BBC Manchester, 2008

CHAMBER (Rivoli String Quartet)

  • ‘Prix Ravel’ Academie Internationale de Musique Maurice Ravel (Winners 2006)
  • Royal Overseas League Chamber Music Competition (Finalists 2006)
  • Featured in the 2010/11 Making Music Concert Promoters’ Network brochure.
  • Collaboration with Yuri Zhislin and Alberto Portugheis at Cité des Arts, Paris and RAM, London (2010). Collaborations with Peter Manning, Quatuor Danel and Predrag Katanic.
  • Regular recitals including the quartet’s own festival in London performing the quartets of Erwin Schulhoff and the Schubert quintet with Bernard Gregor-Smith at St James’s Piccadilly (2009)


  • University of Sheffield – MA String Quartet Performance with Distinction (2005-7)
  • RNCM – Pg Dip (2002-4)
  • University of Manchester – MusB (1999-2002)   

Professors: Hannah Roberts and Bernard Gregor-Smith

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Rivoli String Quartet, Romanza Quartet