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Helen Vollam

Helen is Principal Trombone of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and is an associate member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. She has worked with all of the London orchestras and many others throughout the UK and Europe. She is a regular guest principal with the Britten Sinfonia and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

She studied with Denis Wick before going to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she studied with Eric Crees and Simon Wills. During this time she was Principal Trombone of the European Union Youth Orchestra and won the Bronze Medal in the Shell/LSO Music Scholarship. In 2003 she won the Woodwind & Brass Award and Philip Jones Memorial Prize in the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition. In 2017 she was the recipient of the British Trombone Society's Sheila Tracy Award.

In demand as a teacher and adjudicator, Helen has given classes at the Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and Wells Cathedral School. In 2017 she was on the faculty for the Dublin Brass Week. She has adjudicated for the BBC Young Musician, Royal Over-Seas League, BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Award, British Trombone Society and International Trombone Association Competitions. 

She has played on numerous TV and film soundtrack recordings, including Star Wars The Attack of the Clones, three Harry Potter films, Inception, The Last King of Scotland, The Ides of March, Iron Man 2 and Brave

Helen has travelled extensively with various orchestras and also with Bones Apart, including tours of Europe, Russia, Japan, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, South America and the USA.

She has been a member of Bones Apart since 2007 and arranges much of their concert repertoire. Some of her arrangements are published with BrassWorks, Denis Wick Publishing and Bones Apart Publishing.

Upcoming projects include a tour of Switzerland with the BBCSO and adjudicating the final of BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Award at the RNCM in Manchester.