Helen Webby is Principal Harp with Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and one of New Zealand’s foremost and accomplished harpists. She loves to come out of the back of the orchestra and play her amazing Concert harp, made by her brother Kim Webby.
Helen studied harp in Auckland, The Netherlands and Germany, and was mentored by two of Europe’s top harpists: Edward Witsenburg and Maria Graf. Her recordings are frequently heard on RNZ Concert, and her solo CD, Pluck (MANU) was nominated for Best Classical CD in the 2013 NZ Music Awards. Helen is a favourite with Arts on Tour audiences around New Zealand, and features in the documentary Central to the Soul by Dunedin film-maker Bill Morris, selected for the 14th International Doc Edge Festival in 2019.
Helen is passionate about sharing the magic and mystery of the harp. She teaches harp players of all ages in Christchurch and Dunedin, plays solo and chamber music, and pushes the boundaries of harp music with her friends in Café Operana.