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Helen Sanders-Hewett

Helen Sanders-Hewett grew up in Hertfordshire and began playing the viola aged fifteen, having begun her instrumental studies on the violin.

She studied the viola with Martin Outram, and whilst at school was the recipient of the Hill Award for string playing and a prize-winner in the Peter Lambourne Youth Bursary competition. Helen read music at Birmingham University and then continued her studies at the Royal Academy of Music, studying viola with Matthew Souter and James Sleigh, and baroque viola with Jane Rogers. She now studies with Max Baillie.

Helen now enjoys a busy and varied career as a performer, working with groups including Independent Opera, The Heritage Orchestra, The Samphire Band and the Orchestra of St Paul's, of which she is a founder member.

She is also in demand as a session musician, recording for short film scores, bands and artists including Unkle Bob and Holly Rubenstein, and working with Sting's producer Kipper.

As a baroque viola player Helen has performed in the Spitalfields Festival with the Academy Baroque Orchestra and Trevor Pinnock, toured to Italy with chamber group Camerata Serafin and worked with the London-based Belsize Baroque.

She is currently pursuing various jazz viola projects and plays jazz, funk and latin in the Camden Light Orchestra.

Education work is an important part of Helen's musical life, and as part of this she maintains a thriving private teaching practice.