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Rags to Riches

Friday 14th June, 7.30pm (6.45pm drinks reception)

With Helen Crayford

Helen’s fascination with Ragtime and Jazz prompted her to devise a solo show “Rags to Riches”, which has been greeted with great enthusiasm from London’s South Bank to the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, not to mention Italy, New York and the Caribbean!

At the age of eight, Helen won a scholarship to study piano and trumpet on Saturday mornings at the Guildhall School of Music, subsequently reading music at Cambridge. She then undertook postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music, winning a French Government Scholarship to study with Nadia Boulanger in Paris.

On leaving, she was invited to join the prizewinning all-female Brass Quintet, the Gallina, which went on to perform in many colourful venues, such as a floating platform in the middle of Stourhead Lake in Wiltshire, and the roof terrace of Covent Garden Market at its opening ceremony.

Helen gradually became more in demand as a pianist, both in ensembles such as Britten Sinfonia and also in the opera world, working as a coach for many British and European companies. In 1995, her violinist sister Marcia invited her to form a Duo, a venture which has taken them from the Isles of Scilly to Princeton University. More recently, she has been busy as an orchestral keyboard player with the Philharmonia, among others, and is a member of the newly-formed Kentish Piano Trio.


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