Helen Vigurs


Helen studied at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester. While in her third year at college, she started working with the BBC Philharmonic, then gradually all the orchestras in the north of England.

She was a founder member of the Chione Oboe Trio, formed at the RNCM, where they won the RNCM Musicale Prize. The trio were finalists in the Royal Overseas League competition and award winners from the John Tunnell Trust. They also performed new repertoire by composers such as James Macmillan, and were very active with the Live Music Now scheme.

Helen’s first orchestral job was in Cardiff with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales as Sub principal Oboe. After 5 years in Wales, Helen moved to London to pursue a freelance career, and enjoyed a great variety of work with many different orchestras in London and frequent tours abroad.

Helen joined the orchestra of English National Opera in 2001 where she regularly plays both Cor Anglais and Oboe. She very much enjoys the challenges of the opera repertoire, and still plays as a guest with other orchestras when her schedule allows.

As a soloist Helen was a prize winner in the 1997 Isle of Wight International Oboe Competition, and has performed concertos with the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Northern Sinfonia and London Concertante.

Last updated: 30th November 2018