Born in London, Helen Tunstall studied at the Royal College of Music
with Marisa Robles and Fiona Hibbert.She is principle harpist of the
London Sinfonietta, Endymion and the Orchestra of St. John's Smith Square and
leads a busy freelance career playing solo, chamber and orchestral
music with all the major London orchestras and ensembles.
Performances this year include the BBC Proms, South Bank, Barbican, Aldeburgh, King's Place, Bregenz, Krakow and St Paul Minneapolis festivals and appearances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Lontano, Orchestra of St.John's Smith Square, London Sinfonietta, and Endymion.
She is a top London studio player recording classical, contemporary,
film, T.V. and commercial music.Recent recordings are Harrison Birtwhistle's
new work "Orpheus Elegies" for oboe and harp, works by Tarik O'Regan for Collegium, chamber works by Silvina Milstein, 'Among Angels' with The Sixteen and songs with Chris Botti for Columbia label.
She has worked on films such as 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', ' Wallace and Gromit ', 'Lord of the Rings', 'Batman', 'Secrets and Lies',as well as music for Guy Barker and pop artists Robbie Williams, Annie Lennox, Joni Mitchell, Bjork, Il Divo, Leona Lewis, Amy Winehouse, Katie Melua, and Rufus Wainwright. Recent film recordings are 'Milk', 'Hellboy 2', 'Golden Compass', 'Inkheart', 'Wolfman', 'Nine', 'An Education' and TV music for 'Life in the Undergrowth 'and the 'Natural World' series.
She is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music.