Posted on 01/03/2011
Helen Grime, Lecturer of Composition, in the Department of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London, has been appointed as Associate Composer for Hallé, Britain's longest-established permanent professional symphony orchestra.
Helen will begin an initial three year appointment with the Manchester-based orchestra in the 2011/12 season. Programming plans include performances of some of her current catalogue, followed by a new commission during 2012/2013. Throughout her tenure, Helen will work alongside the Hallé Programming Team and their Music Director Sir Mark Elder CBE.
Helen said: “The opportunity to work closely with a world-class orchestra is a dream come true for any composer, and I am very much looking forward to seeing how my music will develop throughout my appointment. The Orchestra has a very special sound and there is a deep commitment to its associated ensembles and choirs. I am really looking forward to developing relationships with the individual players, as well as collaborating with Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé’s other associated conductors.”
Helen studied at the Royal College of Music with Julian Anderson and Edwin Roxburgh, where she later held a Legal & General Junior Fellowship from 2005-7, and was a Leornard Bernstein Composition Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center.
Recent and upcoming commissions include works for the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Hebrides Ensemble and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Helen was the winner of the Making Music award at the 2003 British Composer Awards. Her music was recently featured in a Philharmonia Music of Today concert and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4.
Helen's music is published exclusively by Chester Music and has been performed widely in the UK and throughout Europe and America. Her orchestral piece, Virga was performed at the 2009 BBC Proms by the BBCSO, conducted by Oliver Knussen and has received further performances with the Orchestre de Paris in Paris with Pierre, Boulez and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Harding in August 2010.
Julian Johnson, Head of Music at Royal Holloway, said: “This residency would be a major coup for any composer during their lifetime – Helen has achieved it at the age of 29 which is a fantastic achievement and underlines the high regard in which she’s held. It will ensure not only the continued prominence of her music nationally but also add to her increasingly impressive international profile.”