The SSO is delighted to announce that Helen Brackley-Jones has been appointed as its new leader. Having freelanced with various orchestras throughout Britain since 1998, Helen became a member of the BBC Philharmonic in 2006, leaving in the summer of 2014 to focus more on family life. Helen now divides her time between her young family, orchestral playing, teaching violin both at Huddersfield University and privately, and examining at the RNCM. When time permits, Helen also loves to undertake some solo work. Solo appearances have included the Bruch violin concerto, Prokofiev’s second violin concerto with Bolton Symphony Orchestra, and more recently the Sibelius Violin Concerto with Blackpool Symphony Orchestra.