"greatly impressed with both the beauty of their sounds and the mutual sympathy" Hampshire Chronicle

The Helios Duo was formed in the Autumn of 1994, whilst Samantha Moore and Jane Phillips were students at Royal College of Music. They have since established themselves both nationally and internationally with performances across Britain and a recent tour of Norway. A tour of India is to be undertaken next March with venues in Pune, Bombay, Delhi and Agra.

Recent performances at music and arts societies include St. Martins in the Fields, Trafalgar Square; the Hungarian Embassy, Mayfair; Hartwell House, Aylesbury; Burgh House; The Wycombe Swan; Elmbridge Music Club and Highgrove in Gloucestershire for H.R.H. The Prince of Wales.

American composer Roger Vogel from the University of Georgia, has been commissioned to compose for the Helios Duo, and a work is scheduled to be premiered next season. Television recording work includes an appearance on The Afternoon Show. Future engagements include Portsmouth Music Club, Bradford University, Chester Cathedral and Hartwell House.

"Their obvious and contagious affection for the music communicates itself with an ease only achieved by musicians of considerable technical and intellectual accomplishment"
Michael Cox (co-principal flute of the LSO)

Hear the Helios Duo...

Click to play sound sampleClick on the speaker to hear Helios play an extract Entr'acte by Ibert

(Presented as a Real Audio version 3 format clip.)


Bach: Sonata Bvw 1033
Bartok: Roumanian Folk Dances
Robert Beaser: (b.1954 USA) Mountain Songs
Eugene Bozza: (b. 1905 France) Three Pieces
Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Sonatina Op. 205
John Duarte: (b. 1919 England) Un Petit Jazz Op. 92
Tom Eastwood: (b. 1922 England) Uirapuru
Giuliani: Duo Concertant Op. 25
Handel: Sonata HWV 362
Ibert: Entr'acte, Paraboles
Kuffner: Serenade in C Op. 44
Mozart: Sonata in A K 332
Nielsen: Five Pieces Op. 3
Astor Piazzolla: (1921-1992 Argentina) Histoire du Tango
Schubert: Original Dances
Ravi Shankar (b. 1920): India: L'Aube Enchantee
Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959): Distribuicao de Flores

Jane Phillips studied at the Royal College of Music under Charles Ramirez. During her time there she gave many performances, both solo and ensemble, and followed special interests in contemporary music and accompaniment. She especially encouraged her fellow student composers to write for the guitar, resulting in ensemble works by Sasha Standon and Sophie Viney. Other successes include the award of Highly Commended in the Thomas Mohrherr singing accompaniment competition, and a premier recording for NMC of the guitar quartet Tread Softly by John Lambert which was later performed at the 20th century concert of the Brighton Music Festival.

Jane regularly performs as a soloist and ensemble player. Recent performances have included The Seven Deadly Sins at the Bloomsbury Theatre and Concert Suite from The Boyfriend (Wilson arr. Sir Peter Maxwell Davies). Forthcoming solo recitals include Egham and District Music Club and The Oak Room, High Wycombe Swan.

Samantha Moore studied at the Royal College of Music, under David Butt and Susan Milan. Already an accomplished musician, having given several recitals and performed many of the major concerti, including those by Mozart, Ibert and Nielson, she went on to win the first year flute prize and an exhibitioner scholarship. As well as performing as a soloist she was a member of the National Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Chamber Orchestra for two years.

During her time at College she gave many performances, primarily as a soloist and ensemble player. In her last year she was chosen to tour the Channel Islands with the College Symphony Orchestra, performing Doppler's Double Flute Concerto. Performances in masteclasses include those given by James Galway, Paul Edmund-Davies and Peter Lloyd.


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