Graeme Helliwell approached composition late in life, following an epiphany during a choir rehearsal. Not just to be performed and enjoyed, but to be created from within. The sudden death of a close family member, and the subsequent discovery of a book of previously unpublished poetry provided the catalyst for musical exploration and creation. Notable works include the tone poem Am Monadh Ruadh, Trumpet Promenade (concerto for trumpet and orchestra) and Symphony No.1 - Timanfaya.
Much of the orchestral work is founded in the landscapes of the composers early explorative years as a mountaineer and long distance trekker. Solo works are rarer, however recent collaborations hope to lead to an expansion of the catalogue.
Influences include Sibelius, Nielsen, Ravel, Satie, Holst, Stravinsky and Glass.
Graeme Helliwell lives in the peaceful county of rural Northumberland, UK.