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Helena Nicholls



  • London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • English Chamber Orchestra
  • Glyndebourne Touring Orchestra
  • Aurora Orchestra
  • London Mozart Players
  • Orchestra of St John's
  • Brandenburg Sinfonia
  • European Union Chamber Orchestra
  • Hong Kong Sinfonietta
  • Dmitri Ensemble


  • Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2013, 2014, 2015 (LPO)
  • Glyndebourne Touring Opera 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 (Including Committee Member 2014–15) - Le nozze di Figaro; Rusalka; Hansel und Gretel; L'elisir d'amore
  • Grange Park 2012 - Madama Butterfly; Idomeneo
  • Vignette Productions - Leader Cosìfan tutte; Le nozze di Figaro
  • Glyndebourne 2010 - Knight Crew: Gareth Malone Goes to Glyndebourne, BBC documentary


  • Sessions at Abbey Road, BBC Maida Vale and Air Lyndhurst including The Hobbit and Iron Man 3 (LPO)


  • London Sinfonietta - including co-principal
  • Bayreuth Young Artists Festival Orchestra - Principal 2nd


  • Solstice String Quartet - Member 2010-2012
  • Performances at: Wigmore Hall; Musée d’Orsay; Czech Republic; National Portrait Gallery, London; National Gallery, Edinburgh; Grand Théâtre     de Bordeaux
  • Festivals: Dartington International Summer School; Cheltenham Festival; Edinburgh Festival; Chelsea Schubert Festival; Glastonbury; Aberystwyth Musicfest
  • Radio and television performances include live on ‘In Tune’, BBC Radio 3 and BBC News
  • Fellowships: IIMC in Madrid
  • Royal Academy of Music
  • Trinity College of Music
  • Recordings include the music of John Metcalf and Richard Blackford
  • Training includes: Prussia Cove 2010 and 2011and ProQuartet   
  • Callino String Quartet (Cork Residency 2011); Badke Quartet (Maternity Leave cover, 2013)


  • Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto - Blackheath Halls Orchestra, James Allen Community Orchestra
  • World Premieres of Violin and Piano repertoire by Richard Bullen and Martin Georgiev in the Mayor of London’s Cultural Festival, 2009
  • Messiaen’s Fantaisie for violin and piano in the Southbank Messiaen Festival - London Premiere


  • Hattori Foundation (Solstice Quartet, 2011)
  • Countess of Munster Musical Trust Award (Solo performance, 2008-  2010)
  • Marylebone Education Award
  • Royal Academy of Music: David Richards Memorial Prize; Henry Dixon  Award; Entrance Scholarship
  • Cambridge University:  Senior Honorary Exhibition; Sir Rudolph PetersPrize; Wilfred Holland Prize;  University Instrumental Award Holder


  • Royal Academy of Music, London - PGdip Distinction, 2007-2009   (Howard Davis, Remus Azoitei)
  • University of Cambridge, Gonville and Caius College - MA, 2004-2007
  • Junior GSMD (Jan Schmolk and Timothy Boulton), 1999-2004 and awarded the Principal’s Prize in 2004          

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