Helen Ottaway

Helen founded Artmusic in 1999 with arts administrator Steve Ehrlicher.  With artists from other disciplines she has created a body of indoor and outdoor site-specific installation and performance work.

Born in Oxford (1956), Helen studied music at University of London, Goldsmiths’ College. She participated in courses and projects led by John Cage, also appearing in Peter Greenaway’s film on the composer (Channel 4).

As composer/performer Helen has collaborated with a wide range of artists including theatre director/composer Graeme Miller (Dungeness 1987), artists Deborah Thomas (Red Velvet Piece, 1998), Roswitha Gerlitz (Moment of Being, 2004), performance artist Franko B (I’m Thinking of You, 2008-9), theatre company 30 Bird (Chodzenie-Siberia, 2011) and sound designer Alastair Goolden (1999 – present)

Commissions include two String Quartets (Nottinghamshire County Council, 1998 and Bath Film Festival 2003); title and incidental music for the documentary The River, (BBC2 1999), and A Suite of Somerset Apples for Harpsichord (Frome Festival, 2006). She was the composer for In Praise of Trees (Salisbury Festival and English Nature), creating the choral work The Echoing Green (premiere Salisbury Cathedral, 2002). Her piano piece, Green/yellow features in the soundtrack for DV8’s production Can We Talk About This. In Autumn 2017 she took part in the Sura Medura International Artists Residency in Sri Lanka, creating sketches for new work about loss and the sea.

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