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Helen Wallace has been intensively involved in music from a young age. Studying the piano and cello as a child, she obtained her LGSM in Cello Teaching in 1987.
Since then she has combined a career in music journalism with music-making. She became editor of The Strad magazine in 1990, going on to BBC Music Magazine in 1993, becoming editor in 1999 and writing as a music critic on The Times. She has been both a juror and commentator for BBC Young Musicians competition, broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio 3 and as a music critic on Radio 4’s Front Row. She has edited a book on Music Education for Parents (BBC publications), an acclaimed history of Boosey & Hawkes: the publishing story (2007), the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (2006) and The History and Future of Music (2008) for the Royal Philharmonic Society.
She is currently Consultant Editor on BBC Music Magazine, Chair of the Jury for their annual recording awards, Consultant Editor and Advisor for Kings Place Music Foundation, and writes on music for numerous publications, including the Financial Times, Saga magazine and About the House magazine (ROH) and English National Opera.
Helen became interested in Kodály music education while at Oxford University, and won a travel scholarship to Budapest where she observed class teaching in the Budapest Kodály Primary School, and followed its development right through to the Liszt Academy. It seemed to reach to the heart of music, and to offer the most flexible and thorough grounding in musicianship for all youngsters, something Helen felt she herself had completely missed out on in the pursuit of grade exams on piano and cello. After having her second child she began a three-year course in Kodály musicianship with David and Yuko Vinden, directors of the Kodály Centre of London. She has attended courses on Early Years teaching with the British Kodály Academy, Dalcroze (movement) teaching in Early Years and the use of folk-song in music teaching. She has taught in a great variety of settings from Nursery to Primary schools, nurseries and privately at home. She is committed to continuing her professional development.