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Helen Mountfort is a classically trained 'cellist and composer based in Melbourne, Australia. Originally from New Zealand Helen is primarily known for her work with well respected Melbourne bands Not drowning, waving, and My Friend the Chocolate Cake, and Cosmo Cosmolino.


Helen also composes and performs with The Persephone Project, Indian/Javanese influenced  trio Fine Blue Thread and An Embrace of Cellos- a collaboration with her daughter Alice and niece Francesca Mountfort. Helen has written a great deal of music for theatre, film and TV. She has had a long standing collaboration with dancer/choreographer Ros Warby, producing three major shows that have enjoyed extensive international touring and won numerous Green Room Awards.


Helen has produced four solo CDs.

The Persephone Project is an album of original instrumental music performed by Helen Mountfort with Hope Csutoros, violin and Phillipa Safey, piano.


Ebb is an album of ambient cello and piano instrumental music released in 2020


The Naked Cello is a collection of original solo cello music released in 2018


Upside Down at the Bottom of the World is a set of pieces for small ensemble written and recorded for ABC Radio National as a commission for the centenary of federation.

Helen also has had the extraordinary good fortune to be able to perform and record with many amazing musicians including;
Nick Cave, Paul Kelly, Midnight Oil, Missy Higgins, Archie Roach, Radical Son, Christine Anu, Lisa Gerard, Deborah Conway, David Bridie, Tim Finn, Frank Yamma, Kylie Minogue, Gurrumul, Diesel, Renee Geyer, Kutcha Edwards, John Butler Trio, Blackeyed Susans, George Telek, Underground Lovers, Vika and Linda Bull, Mark Seymour

Helen Mountfort sitting with her cello
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