School of Arts

Helen Anahita Wilson

Key information

School of Arts
BA (Sussex), MMus (SOAS)
Thesis title
Otobiography of a Cancer: Life Writing and Indian Rhythm in Transdisciplinary Composition (practice research)
Internal Supervisors
Dr Richard Williams


Helen Anahita Wilson is a current doctoral researcher at SOAS and an award-winning composer, sound artist, and pianist.

She is an alumna of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, University of Sussex, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and SOAS.

Latest commissions include Brighton Dome and Festival (2023), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf// 2022), Bloomsbury Festival (2021), and recent performance work features collaborations with Shahbaz Hussain, Debashish Bhattacharya, Talvin Singh, the Mysore Brothers, and visual artist Lisa Creagh.

She has performed at venues including London’s Southbank Centre, Cafe OTO, and St. Paul’s cathedral (as musician-in-residence), and has toured extensively throughout Europe and India.

Her compositions have been featured on BBC Radios 3 and 4, and she has released critically-acclaimed albums on the labels Golden Girl Records and New Jazz and Improvised Music Recordings. Alongside performing her own works, she is a regular commissioner of new music and presents the global classical and art musics show, Stereophonica, on Repeater Radio.


Research interests

Research interests include life writing, composition, acoustemology, South Asian musics, konnakol, Karnatak rhythmic theory, expanded radio arts, hospital radio, performance, illness narratives, medical anthropology, and sound studies.