Welcome to my website. Please click on the links to find out more about my instruments: the violins, violas and cellos that I make and my rental scheme for young players. The work in progress section takes you into my workshop to follow the course of making an instrument from raw wood to completion, and my blog highlights some of the wider aspects of my working life.
Lucia D’Avanzo-Lewis, freelance violinist
I am getting to know the violin better and better and have enjoyed playing [on trial] with WNO and now freelancing with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. I also performed Bruch’s 3rd violin concerto with a local orchestra and had a great reaction from the audience, orchestra and conductor.
Laura Sinnerton, BBC National Orchestra of Wales
I have been playing on my Michetschläger viola for seven years now, using it for chamber, orchestral, and recording work. It has a beautifully round, even sound, and I genuinely look forward to playing on it every time I open the case. I would thoroughly recommend Helen – both for her work, and the professionalism with which she helped me when I was seeking an instrument.
Jonathan Ayling, co-principal cello RPOI have been playing my Michetschläger cello for 15 years now and am happier than ever with it. I have played concertos, recitals, chamber music and many orchestral solos on it and always receive positive comments about the rich sound and beautiful tone quality. It is a strong and reliable instrument which travels well and deals with the demands of touring excellently.