Testimonials & reviews

Shakespeare’s Dinner - Northern Counties Club, Newcastle upon Tyne
24 April 2016

Dear Helen,

Thank you so much for a wonderful performance tonight at our Shakespeare Dinner.

As I’m sure you realised from the applause that came after your songs, our guests greatly appreciated and were very impressed by your performance. I wish you’d been there to hear the many comments I heard afterwards about your skilful musicianship, mastery of your lute, and beautiful singing. Your songs and music added an extra dimension to the evening that drama and poetry alone could never have achieved…

Very best wishes,

Chris Goulding


Songs from Shakespeare’s Day – Singing City Choir fundraiser concert, Philadelphia, USA
5 November 2014 

Hi, Helen.

I just wanted to thank and congratulate you on a wonderful performance last night… Everyone in attendance thoroughly enjoyed themselves. I felt transported in time and glad of being reminded of the need for all of us to slow down and appreciate life’s beautiful moments… I wish you happy travels and hope that we will see you again before too long. 
All the best,

Lauren Anderson
Executive Director
Singing City
Friends Center
1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102



Bard’s Big Birthday with Trio Literati, Headingley Library, Leeds
23 April 2014

Bard event

Extracts from Yorkshire Evening Post article:

‘Trio Literati, a words and music performance group from Headingley, along with musician Helen Atkinson, entertained people with readings of the Bard’s works on the English playwright’s 450th birthday…

Resident Margaret Gurney attended the performance, and said she felt like she was “learning all the way through it”. Mrs Gurney, 63, of Headingley, said: “I really enjoyed it and the music was so nice as well, it was like an added bonus. I think it’s great to support our local artistic people at these sort of events.”

Audience member Jem Dobbs, 57, of Headingley, said: “I thought it was terrific. It was a great idea to make use of the library too and the performances were riveting.”’


“Fair, Sweet, Cruel!”: Love songs from the Renaissance – Ilkley Baptist Church
15 Feb 2014
“…proved herself equal to the lute accompaniments … vocally, her strength clearly lies more in caressing the eardrum than shattering wine glasses … a skilled and charismatic performer”

Paul Bowles - Classical Guitar Magazine, April 2014


Dinner for ‘The Lost Prince: The Life and Death of Henry Stuart’, National Portrait Gallery, 15 October 2012

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“You played very beautifully.”  (Sandy Nairne, Director, National Portrait Gallery)

“Your playing was delightful and much appreciated and I hope there will be opportunities for you to play for us again in the future.”  (Mark Weiss, Director, Weiss Gallery)