Tunstall, Helen


Born in London, Helen Tunstall studied at the Royal College of Music with Marisa Robles and Fiona Hibbert. She is principle harpist of the London Sinfonietta, Endymion and the Orchestra of St. John's Smith Square and leads a busy freelance career playing solo, chamber and orchestral music with all the major London orchestras and ensembles.


She has worked on films such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Lord of the Rings, Batman as well as music for Guy Barker and pop artists Robbie Williams, Annie Lennox, Joni Mitchell, Bjork, Il Divo, Leona Lewis, Amy Winehouse, Katie Melua, and Tom Odell.

Recent film scores include Mr Turner, Spectre, Fantastic Beasts, Alice through the looking glass, Julieta, and TV music for Downton Abbey and recordings for Patrick Hawes, Craig Armstrong and Paul Mottram.

She is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music.

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Helen Tunstall harp


Sinfonietta Shorts is a series of bite-sized pieces of new music from today's leading composers; commissioned and premiered by the principal players of the London Sinfonietta. Each work has enduring relevance and is a great introduction to the best new music of our time. Already in the series are pieces by Anna Meredith, Dai Fujikura, Harrison Birtwistle, Mark Bowden, Jonathan Harvey, Francisco Coll, Matt Rogers, Jordan Hunt, Deborah Pritchard, Samantha Fernando and Elspeth Brooke.

The latest work in this series is Risveglio, meaning 'awakening' in Italian, by composer Richard Baker. It’s a piece for the modern pedal-harp, played by the London Sinfonietta’s Principal Harp Helen Tunstall, in which all of the strings act like muscles, relaxing and tautening as the piece progresses, symbolising its own awakening from sleep into movement.


Risveglio was recorded on 13 June 2016 at All Saints East Finchley, London.

Recording Producer & Engineer: David Lefeber

Catalogue number:
NMC DL3029
Release Date:
24 March 2017