Born in London, Helen Tunstall studied at the Royal College of Music with Marisa Robles and Fiona Hibbert. She is principal 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.
She is a top London studio player recording classical, contemporary, film, T.V. and commercial music. Notable chamber recordings include Sir Harrison Birtwistle's Orpheus Elegies for oboe and harp, works by Tarik O'Regan for Collegium Records, chamber works by Silvina Milstein, Among Angels with The Sixteen and songs with Chris Botti for Columbia label. Helen has recorded on film soundtracks such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Wallace and Gromit, Lord of the Rings, Batman and 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.
She is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music.