Helen currently specialises in music and sound for film and games, and has a keen interest in audio-visual interaction across a range of different applications. Her teaching and research emphasise industry practice and commercial trends. She is also interested in the therapeutic application of Game technologies.
She also has a strong background in performance and previously worked as Professor of Flute and Saxophone at the Royal Marines School of Music - providing instrumental training across a wide range of musical genres and ensembles.
Helen read music at Edinburgh University where she was awarded the Fraser Scholarship. She completed a diploma at the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama and spent a further year specialising in solo performance and repertoire at Liverpool University. She studied the flute with the Principals of the Hallé, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
After leaving the Royal Marines School of Music, Helen pursued science-based postgraduate studies in Music Technology at York University and gained a scholarship from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Scholarship (EPSRC). Helen's teaching and research combines her Classical musical background with her interests in music technology and visual media of different types.
Aside from her teaching and research, Helen continues to pursue her interests in performance, playing in a variety of concerts and occasionally 'depping' with the Scarborough Spa Orchestra during their Summer season. She has composed children's music for a commercial publisher.