Recorder playing

Helen performs regularly, as a soloist and as an ensemble and orchestra member.  

As a soloist:

Helen enjoys performing as a soloist, both in recitals and in concertos.  

Recent highlights have included a lunchtime recital in Chichester Cathedral to an audience of 500 and the world premiere of Steve Marshall's Concerto for Elody.  

Helen has a long standing working relationship with composer Steve Marshall and he has written numerous compositions for her. These include his Recorder Concerto No.2, Concertino No.5, Concerto for Elody as well as a number of smaller scale works.

Helen released her first solo CD, Helen and Friends, in 2009 - for more information click on the Recordings link to the left.


The Parnassian Ensemble

Helen Hooker & Sophie Middleditch – Recorders

Lynden Cranham – Baroque ‘cello

David Pollock – Harpsichord

Helen has played with the Parnassian Ensemble since its inception in 1998.  The Ensemble has performed throughout the British Isles at such prestigious venues as the Purcell Room, St. David’s Hall and the Fairfield Halls.  They have a particular interest in performing the music of the many composers living and working in London in the first half of the 18th century and their debut CD of the this repertoire, A Noble Entertainment – Music from Queen Anne’s London, was released to critical acclaim in 2006.

Another Parnassian speciality is performing mixed programmes of repertoire from the Renaissance to the present day.  The Parnassians recently gave the world premiere of a work they commissioned from Steve Marshall, Flourishes and Dances, as part of a recital at the Handel House Museum

For more information about The Parnassian Ensemble please visit their website here.