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Who I am
  • A musician, leader, teacher and author, my passion is for learning and creative entrepreneurship in the performing arts

Who I am

Vice Principal and Director of Academic Affairs at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Helena is an expert on development processes in the performing arts and how these inform innovation both within the arts and in other fields. Having performed extensively as an oboist, she has also developed a profile of teaching, research and leadership in Higher Education. She is:

  • a National Teaching Fellow (awarded in 2009) and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

  • a Visiting Professor at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Helsinki

  • a co-editor of Music Performance Research, and on the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Music Education


Research exploring key skills and qualities for successful orchestral musicians.
Supporting start-ups and sustainable business in the performing arts

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In a nutshell

So why should you be interested in Learning in and through the Performing Arts?

The collaborative processes of the performing arts open a pandora's box of possibilities for artistic, personal and organizational development. They are subtle and multi-layered, embodied practices that can yield much more than what individuals bring to them, creatively and in terms of human exchange. My work is about continuing to develop these processes for the twenty-first century, so that artists can adapt to their changing contexts and enable their work to take root as creative entrepreneurs, and so that the processes of the arts can be shared and enhanced through exchange with other disciplines and across cultural contexts.