Helen Caskie was born in 1930 in Wanganui, New Zealand and educated at the Wanganui Girl’s College, Canterbury University College and Otago University followed by Teacher’s Training College. Then followed a busy life of teaching, conducting, broadcasting, adjudicating and marriage. Now widowed, Helen lives a nearly retired life in Palmerston North teaching just a few singing students and following her first love, composition. Helen has won a number of national awards for her compositions and has had children’s music published in London. Commissioning opportunities arise quite often and have resulted in a cross section of works for soloists and varying ensemble combinations.
Of Things Intangible was recorded in 2014 by pianist Richard Mapp for the Resound Project Phase 2. It is a set of five piano pieces that won an award in the Jubilee Competition for Pianoforte Pieces conducted by the Music Teachers' Registration Board of New Zealand in 1978. The pieces are entitled: Space Dance, The Yeti, Tapu, The Moa, and Bionic Man.