Denholm, Anne

Anne
Denholm
harp

Anne Denholm is one of Britain’s leading young harpists and served as Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales from 2015-2019 . She is earning a reputation for her interpretations and powerful performances across a variety of musical fields.

Anne underwent a British musical upbringing, studying at the Junior Department of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, the Purcell School, Newnham College Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) in London. She received her Master’s from the RAM with distinction, studying under Karen Vaughan and graduating with the Renata Scheffel-Stein Harp Prize and a Regency Award for notable achievement. Whilst at the RAM she was the first ever harpist to win the historic RAM Club Prize. Anne enjoys giving regular solo recitals across the U.K. and further afield, from music clubs and societies to international harp festivals. Recent highlights include a trip to Bangkok for the Third Thailand International Harp Festival, two performances at the Wales International Harp Festival, a solo recital for the RNCM Strings Festival and travelling to Bogotá, Colombia to give two recitals and a workshop.© Timothy Ellis

Anne is increasingly in demand as an interpreter and performer of new music; she has been recording and premiering new works for solo harp since 2006, and in 2013-14 worked with Sally Beamish on a video project of her work, ‘Awuya’. She is a founding member of award-winning contemporary experimental quartet, The Hermes Experiment,and has enjoyed working with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Spitalfields Music and Mahogany Opera Group.Anne has worked with composers from secondary school age to professionals; for three years she worked as an instrumental tutor on the annual Sound and Music Summer School at the Purcell School, and has regularly worked with composition students at Birmingham University and at other institutions via her work with The Hermes Experiment.

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Saout, Celine

Celine
Saout
harp

Céline was born in Paris and started playing the harp when she was 8. She studied in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and The Royal Academy of Music where she graduated with honours. She performed her first concerto when she was 12 and has since won many prizes including 1st prize in the European UFAM competition. In 2011 Céline was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Céline’s interest in modern music brings her to perform and premiere the works of living composers with various ensembles, in addition to appearing on recordings with bands such as Divine Comedy and Incognito. As an orchestral harpist Céline has been playing with Northern Ballet since 2007 and is also a regular guest with CBSO, Philharmonia, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Opera North and RPO.

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Tunstall, Helen

Helen
Tunstall
harp

Born in London, Helen Tunstall studied at the Royal College of Music with Marisa Robles and Fiona Hibbert. She is principle harpist of the London Sinfonietta, Endymion and the Orchestra of St. John's Smith Square and leads a busy freelance career playing solo, chamber and orchestral music with all the major London orchestras and ensembles.

 

She has worked on films such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Lord of the Rings, Batman as well as music for Guy Barker and pop artists Robbie Williams, Annie Lennox, Joni Mitchell, Bjork, Il Divo, Leona Lewis, Amy Winehouse, Katie Melua, and Tom Odell.


Recent film scores include Mr Turner, Spectre, Fantastic Beasts, Alice through the looking glass, Julieta, and TV music for Downton Abbey and recordings for Patrick Hawes, Craig Armstrong and Paul Mottram.

She is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music.

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Scott, Lauren

Lauren
Scott
harp
Lauren Scott is an experienced solo, chamber and orchestral musician based in the North West UK who, over the last 20 years, has worked as guest principal harp with many of the UK's leading orchestras & chamber groups including the RLPO, RSNO, Halle, BBCSSO, CBSO, BBCSO, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia, Psappha and Ensemble Cymru.​

Wall, Ruth

Ruth
Wall
harp
Scottish harpist Ruth Wall specializes in the development and performance of new music. She is regarded as one of the UK’s leading harpists – specializing in lever harp, buzzing Renaissance bray harp, Gaelic wire strung harp and concert harp. Ruth performs as a soloist and as part of ensembles and bands (Goldfrapp, Fitkin, Kathryn Tickell and the Side) based in UK. She recently toured to Japan, Australia, USA, Canada and throughout Europe and Scandinavia, including performances at Sydney Opera House, Monza Milan, Spiral Hall Tokyo, Queen’s Hall Edinburgh, The Sage Gateshead, ROH London and Glastonbury main stage. She has worked with the BBC Singers, RLPO and LCO and often collaborates with musicians, artists and dancers on new commissions.
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Beynon, Catherine

Catherine
Beynon
harp

Catherine Beynon began playing the harp at the age of eight, and attended both the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London and then completed her studies at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Lyon with Fabrice Pierre. She is an enthusiastic chamber musician and has performed across Europe and Japan with distinguished artists such as Quatuor Debussy, Francois Le Roux and the Lindsay String Quartet.  Catherine has given solo recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Fairfield Halls and St Martin-in–the-Fields, and in 1997 made her BBC Prom debut in the Chamber Music Series.

As principal harp of the European Union Youth Orchestra, Catherine worked with many eminent conductors, such as Haitink, Ashkenazy, Giullini and Rostropovich.  She has made chamber music recordings for labels including Naxos, Metier and Hyperion. She has also performed as concerto soloist with the English Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the London Chamber Orchestra.

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Kibbey, Bridget

Bridget
Kibbey
harp
Lauded for her compelling artistry and virtuosity, harpist Bridget Kibbey is gaining a reputation for showcasing the broad range of her instrument through multiple-genre performances -- drawing diverse audiences through new collaborations and platforms.Bridget is a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Classical Recording Foundation's Young Artist Award, a 2015 Salon de Virtuosi Grant, and the only harpist to win a position with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society II, a winner of Concert Artist Guild's International Competition, Astral Artist Auditions, and Premiere Prix at the Journées de les Harpes Competition in Arles, France. She tours internationally as concerto soloist, recitalist, and collaborator with some of today’s most compelling artists.

Doris, Cliona

Cliona
Doris
harp

Clíona Doris has extensive experience as a solo harpist and chamber musician and has performed throughout Ireland, Britain, Europe and the United States. Her broadcasts include performances on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Ulster, RTÉ LyricFM, National Public Radio USA, ClassicFM TV, UTV, BBC Television and RTÉ Television. In 2005, she was the soloist at the BBC Proms in the Park from Belfast, which was broadcast as part of the BBC Last Night of the Proms.  

An active exponent of contemporary music, Clíona has premiered works by Elaine Agnew, Donnacha Dennehy, Deirdre McKay, Neil Martin and Ian Wilson; her latest CD, a pale yellow sky released on the RTÉ lyricfM label, features contemporary music by Irish composers. Other recordings include in blue sea or sky, a solo CD on the Riverrun Label and a performance of Handel’s Harp Concerto with the RTÉ Concert Orchestral.

Clíona graduated with the Doctor of Music Degree in Harp Performance and Music Literature from Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, where she studied with the acclaimed harpist, Susann McDonald. She is a graduate of Queen’s University of Belfast and began her harp studies at the Belfast School of Music. She joined DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in 2005 as Head of Orchestral Studies and was Acting Head of the Conservatory from 2007-2010. She was Chairman of the Ninth World Harp Congress Dublin 2005 and is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Contempoary Music Centre of Ireland.  Clíona is on the Board of Directors of Music Network Ireland, Music Generation: Ireland's National Music Education Programme, Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland and the World Harp Congress.

McKay, Catriona

Catriona
McKay
harp

 

Catriona McKay was brought up in Dundee where she was involved in traditional music firstly through her father who was a member of Scottish folk bands “The Livingstones” and the “Taysiders”. Catriona was introduced to classical and contemporary music by her mother, a ballet and dance teacher. Catriona became harp champion at the O'Carolan International Harp Festival (Keadue, Co. Roscommon) when leaving school. A desire to master harp techniques to an advanced level took her on to study pedal harp, Celtic harp and electro acoustic composition at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where she gained a first class honours BA and several solo and chamber music prizes. She was also the winner of the Jakez Francois International Celtic Harp Competition 2004. 

Catriona McKay plays harp and piano in the Shetland-based band “Fiddlers' Bid” with whom she tours worldwide. They received nominations for “Best Contemporary Live Music Presentation” Australian Entertainment Industry Association's Helpmann Awards (2002) and “Best Live Act” at the Scottish Folk Awards(2003).  She is also a member of the Chris Stout Quintet who released their first album ‘The First O the Darkenin' in April 2004. Catriona McKay was voted "Instrumentalist of the Year" in the 2007 Scots Trad Music Awards.

 

Wakeford, Lucy

Lucy
Wakeford
harp
Appointed principal of the Philharmonia Orchestra in 2002, Lucy Wakeford is one of the most outstanding harpists of her generation. Much in demand as a soloist, recitalist and ensemble player she has performed at major venues and festivals throughout Europe, appearing as guest artist with musicians including Roger Vignoles, John Mark Ainsley, Michael Chance, James Galway and the Belcea Quartet. She regularly gives concerts with the Erard Trio, Haffner Wind and Zenith Ensembles. She is principal harp of Britten Sinfonia and harpist of the Nash Ensemble. Most recently Lucy’s engagements have included return visits to the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall, both as soloist and in performances of works by Britten with Roger Vignoles and John Mark Ainsley. Last year she appeared at the City of London and Cheltenham International Festivals and gave several performances of Mozart’s Flute & Harp Concerto with the London Chamber Orchestra conducted by Christopher Warren-Green. Lucy has also undertaken an Arts Council England ‘Around the Country’ tour with the Wakeford Ensemble and gave recitals in Tunisia . - See more at: http://www.brittensinfonia.com/about-us/player/lucy-wakeford/#sthash.lWL...
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