“Helena isn’t playing the harp, she IS the harp!”

Julia Raga Pascual, Clarinettist, London Symphony Orchestra Orchestral Artistry MMus

for Ravel Introduction & Allegro at Wigmore Hall, May 2019

“I‘ve had the pleasure of working closely with Helena, and she is a truly wonderful musician and collaborator. She is extremely generous with her time and expertise, and she’s a gifted performer in a wide variety of musical styles and contexts. Helena is a brilliant person to work with, and I would recommend her unreservedly.”

Alex Woolf, Composer hailed as “One of the UK’s freshest new composing voices”
— PRS for Music

for the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme 2019/20

“In early 2020 we worked with Helena on a digital based R&D project. Helena was the consummate professional and a joy to work with. Not only is Helena a formidably talented musician and creative, she gelled with the team from the outset and was an absolute pleasure to work with from start to finish. We very much look forward to working with her in the future.”

Dan Shorten Creative Director Guildhall Live Events & Kieron Tilley Account Director, Guildhall Live Events (Guildhall School of Music & Drama)

“Helena was an absolute pleasure to work with on a devised, experimental and complex show for Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She brought such enthusiasm to the rehearsal room, was extremely adaptable, and her harp playing was outstanding – bringing a sense of calm and awe to both crew and audience.”

Jon Hare, Production Manager, Pitspro productions

for “Sensory Symphony”, in partnership with Broadgate and Guildhall Live Events in March 2020

“I booked Helena Ricci to play the harp for the studio recording of my 35-minute Concerto Apinayé for guitar & orchestra at St. Mark’s Church in Marylebone, 5th October, 2019 with the Audentia Ensemble conducted by Ryan Bair. The piece has a substantial and rhythmically challenging harp part. Helena played during the 6 hours of recording with no mistakes whatsoever, not only that, but she performed her part expressively with an on point musical intuition, and perfect sight reading. Helena was also the first one to show up for the recording, she was friendly and keen during the whole process. The next time I need a harpist, Helena Ricci will be the first one I’ll call.”

Rafael Marino Arcaro, Composer, PHD student @ King’s College London

for the recording of his Concerto Apinayé for guitar & orchestra at St. Mark’s Church in Marylebone, 5th October, 2019

“I worked with Helena Ricci on a new piece for the Curious Festival in 2017. She was incredibly helpful during the collaborative process – she was sensitive to my ideas, listened well and was very open to experimenting with sounds on her instrument. She was easy to work with, well organised, and on time. She was quick to respond to any feedback, and was a reliable performer during the whole process.”

Dr Sylvia Lim, Composer
2019/20 London Philharmonic Orchestra Young Composers
2020/21 Royal Philharmonic Society Composers Programme

for Curious Festival 2017, Barbican Exhibition Hall 2

“Helena is a delight to work with, her positivity really added something special to our production. Her willingness to get stuck in and experiment blew us all away and overall pushed our show to new heights.”

Josh Garner, Producer, videographer, founder of Inonpro

for “Sensory Symphony”, in partnership with Broadgate and Guildhall Live Events in March 2020

“I booked Helena to participate in one of my works at the Drawing Room in November 2018. Her extraordinary musical gift, impeccable work ethic and wonderful character resulted in a profoundly rewarding, meaningful and memorable experience. I most highly recommend her!”

Dimitrios Rontsis, Composer

for a concert at the Drawing Room, London in November 2018

Helena is a vibrant, dedicated musician and a captivating performer. I worked closely with her on the development of a new work and benefited hugely from her extensive technical knowledge, patience, and boundless enthusiasm for music!

Laura Shipsey, Composer

for the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme 2019/20

“I was really impressed by Helena. We recorded complex music on modern, celtic and gothic harps, with click track. She’s serious, talented, kind, humble, honest: her musical and human skills are very precious. Helena is exactly the kind of person you want to have around, and share your artistic path with.”

Thomas Fournil, Composer and PHD student at Guildhall School

for a recording of la Harpe d’Harmonie in June 2019

“I’ve been working with Helena as part of the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme (2019/2020). Not only is she a wonderful performer and a joy to work with but also a passionate musician who took a great deal of interest in the music I was writing for her. It was particularly splendid of Helena to help me work around different tunings which, despite the huge amount of patience required for such a task, she guided me through with huge enthusiasm!”

Euchar Gravina, Composer, Artistic Director of the Waterloo Festival

“I invited Helena to give a harp recital for my Ibacus International Harp Course in 2018, and I was thrilled with every aspect of engaging her.
She is a wonderful player with a virtuosic technique and deep feeling for the music she plays. Her playing is confident and communicative, imaginative, insightful and full of character. Her understanding of music, both compositionally and emotionally, is profound, and she is an excellent communicator, with much experience talking to diverse audiences and taking great care to engage them. Her passion and curiosity shine through all her work.  In addition, Helena is thoroughly professional in every way, both efficient and delightful to have around.
I am happy to recommend her without reservation.”

Imogen Barford, Head of Harp at Guildhall School of Music & Drama

“Helena recently worked with us on a social distancing project in collaboration with Age UK, playing music over the phone to a client living with dementia. She made sure to tailor an eclectic mix of songs that the client had requested, expertly transposing these to harp. During the call, Helena built an instant rapport with the client, going above and beyond to make sure they were comfortable and settled before proceeding to play beautifully. Helena is not only a fantastic harpist but is also punctual, reliable and a brilliant communicator and I look forward to working with her again in the future.”

Iona McTaggart, Community Engagement Manager

for Music Bank Age UK Camden Befriending Call July 2020

“Helena is as energetic and ambitious as a person as she is as a musician. Listening to her play Tarrega and Godefroid at the Tuning In! final presentations night confirmed what we had experienced all through the training programme: always smiling and light hearted, she never betrays her strong commitment to quality and accuracy.”

Veronika Leiner, Head of the Tuning In! Programme 2019/20 in Partnership with MDW Vienna and Creative Europe

for the final concert at Erbsenfabrik Brick 5, Wien in February 2020

“I first came across Helena when I attended her solo harp recital at St James’s Church Piccadilly in October 2019. The programme included Henriette Renié’s Ballade fantastique, and transcriptions of pieces by a number of composers including Prokofiev, Scarlatti and Bach. This was a remarkable performance and I realised that here was an exceptionally talented musician, someone who was able to project her instrument into a very large space, combining technical virtuosity with passion and originality. I also admired the way she had chosen to pioneer new transcriptions to share with her audience and in a way that was exciting, illuminating, and highly intelligent.


Following this performance, I asked Helena to let me know about any future recitals, and I was therefore delighted to join her at another solo recital at St Martin in the Fields in February 2020. This programme also included a number of transcriptions, including Tárrega’s Recuerdos de la Alhambra and Albéniz’s Asturias. Again ,this was a really memorable performance, with Helena’s warm and vibrant personality filling the space in a way that was entirely captivating, and with the instrument being expanded to its limits.

I should add that, at both recitals, Helena introduced each piece prior to performing. She spoke with warmth, intelligence and humour in a way that so clearly illustrated her passion for the harp and her determination to promote the solo instrument to a much wider audience.

I am a Patron of the Wigmore Hall and also a Patron of the Leeds International Piano Competition, and I have always been keen to support and indeed follow young musicians at the start of their professional careers. Over the years I have seen many hugely gifted young musicians perform, particularly at the Wigmore Hall, and I believe that Helena has the potential to join this very special group and become one of the leading harpists of her generation.”

Richard Wintour, Patron of Wigmore Hall and Leeds International Piano Competition

for a solo harp recital at St Martin-in-the-Fields in February 2020

“Helena is an extremely well prepared and motivated harpist who has already made huge strides into her own creative world. Her musical language is innovative and multifaceted. The technique involved in her performances is advanced, and she prepares thoroughly for each performance. She pays attention to the individual needs of each piece, whatever period it may be from, and has an engaging style and individuality on stage. Helena’s playing is assured enough to lend itself to further exploration of the harp’s extensive possibilities, and she will no doubt create new sounds too, and combine playing the harp with her other artistic interests and abilities.”

Sioned Williams, Former Principal Harpist BBC Symphony Orchestra

Hon.FTCL; FRAM; FWCMD; FISM; Dip.RAM; LRAM; LWCMD.
Honorary Research Fellow RAM
Emeritus Fellow of Harp Studies, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
President, United Kingdom Harp Association