About Helen



Participant 2022/23 - Royal Philharmonic Society’s Flagship Women Conductor Programme in partnership with the Royal Northern Sinfonia at Sage Gateshead.


Music Director

Young Sinfonia, the Royal Northern Sinfonia’s Youth Orchestra at Sage Gateshead

Blackpool Symphony Orchestra

Preston Opera

Lytham Choral


Guest Conducting


In Harmony NE and Royal Northern Sinfonia Side by Side 10th Birthday Celebration.

Sinfonia Viva  Paddington’s First Concert, Pioneers Project.

Northern Opera Group; Sherlock Holmes New Opera, Amahl, Musical Confusion.

Outreach Opera, La Boheme North West Tour Summer 2021.

Leeds Conservatoire Chamber Orchestra - Side by Side with the Orchestra of Opera North.


Masterclasses and Training

Royal Opera House Women Conductors’ International Masterclass July 2021.

Royal Philharmonic Society Pilot with the Royal Northern Sinfonia June 2021.

Royal Opera House – various courses including Lockdown/SkillUp.

Royal Opera House, Royal Philharmonic Society & National Opera Studio Inaugural Women Conducting for Opera Sept 2018.

Various International Masterclasses at the Royal Northern College of Music

Coached and mentored by Jessica Cottis.

Read Music at Cambridge University.

Studied Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Advocacy and leadership

Board Member - Chair of Finance Committee -  Orchestras Live

Engaging communicator

Empathetic presenter and compere of concerts

Skilled speaker, host and panellist for live and online events

Helen Harrison Rehearsal Sept 2021 Photo Credit Dave Pallant.jpg