I’ve been playing the harp since I was ten years old. I had a new piano teacher and on my first lesson, I couldn’t help but notice the beautiful carved golden harp in her music room. Some of my friends were learning too, and we’d sit in our school’s harp room at break times taking turns to play tunes. I begged for lessons and my parents gave in.
I had a long break from the harp in my twenties, but a chance conversation with a friend who was newly engaged led to me offering to play at her wedding. At the time it had been almost ten years since I had touched a harp, and in this period I’d broken a thumb falling off a motorbike while racing at Cadwell Park. I set about finding a harp to see if I could even still play.
A local teacher, Danielle Perrett, soon became an inspirational mentor and a dear friend. She rented me a harp, unpicked all the reasons I had for giving up all those years ago, and then set me off on the most wonderful and unexpected musical journey.
Among other places, my harp has since taken me to the hills of northern Italy, an old brandy distillery in the Netherlands, a Norman castle in rural Essex, and now to a whole new life in Scotland.
I studied at the Trinity College of Music Junior Department in London and at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. I’m classically trained but I enjoy playing many different forms of music. My particular favourites include the French Romantic pieces that helped develop the harp as we know it today, and old jazz standards from the 1930s and 1940s.
Harpists I’ve studied with and been inspired by in workshops include Mary Morley, Imogen Barford, Audrey Douglas, Eira Lynn Jones, Danielle Perrett, Laura-Sofia Caramellino, Luisa Prandina, Monika Stadler, Park Stickney, Edmar Castaneda, Rossitza Milevska, Deborah Henson-Conant, Susannah Evans, Alina Bzhezhinska, Gabriella dall’Olio, Pippa Tunnell, Sharron Griffiths, Rachel Hair, Eleanor Turner. I am truly grateful to them all for everything I have learned from them, whether harp-related or not.
When I’m not playing my harp, you can find me running or cycling out in the hills near where I live in Glasgow, or walking my two retired greyhounds.