Helen Madden

PhD Composition

Helen Madden is a Barnsley based composer, teacher, examiner and performer. She graduated from Leeds college of music in 1995 with a degree in jazz, popular and contemporary music. She returned to the college again in 2012 and completed a MMus in composition, graduating with distinction. During this time Helen developed an interest in interdisciplinary approaches and is using her PhD to explore work which combines music, electronics, spoken word, movement and visual art forms.

Alongside composing Helen also focuses her time on music education. She is a seasoned examiner and teacher, having taught music from primary to higher education (including Huddersfield University , UCB campus 2012-14). In 2014 Spartan press published 5 of her study books (woodwind, brass and piano) with pieces now being used on the London College of Music jazz and classical syllabus. Three more are due to be published in 2015.   In 2014 her piano music was used in Alan McGee’s (Creation records) first feature film ‘Kubricks’. Her music is regularly used by music libraries in the UK and the USA.


Supervisor Prof. Roger Marsh