BIOGRAPHY

I am a freelance harpist based in Cheltenham Gloucestershire. I play the harp at weddings, corporate events, with orchestras & other music groups. I am also an experienced and sympathetic harp teacher who gives harp lessons from my home in Cheltenham. I play both classical and traditional music on the Concert and Celtic Harp.

 

I was born in Abergavenny and began studying music in school, gaining Grade 8 with Distinction in both Harp and Piano. I studied the harp at Bristol University where I completed a BA (hons) in Music. I further developed my performing abilities by completing a Postgraduate Advanced Diploma in Harp Performance at the Royal Welsh College College of Music and Drama (Cardiff.) I have also completed a MA at University College London. I have performed at St David’s Hall, Highgrove for HRH Prince Charles, the Albert Hall and the Royal Welsh Show.

 

I studied harp principally with Valerie Aldrich-Smith (BBC National Orchestra of Wales.) I have also participated in master classes with many noted harpists including Elizabeth Fontan-Binoche, Elinor Bennet, Isabelle Perrin, Caryl Thomas, Osian Ellis and leuan Jones.

 

I have performed at St David’s Hall (Cardiff), Highgrove for HRH Prince Charles, the Albert Hall and the Royal Welsh Show. I have played with many orchestral groups including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Cardiff Philharmonia, and the Chandos Symphony Orchestra. I was also Principal Harpist with the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. In addition, I have recorded Britten’s Ceremony of Carols with the choir of St David’s Cathedral.

 

 

 

 

 

Below are a selection of venues where I have performed:

 

I am delighted to be a recommended supplier at a number of venues in Gloucestershire including Ellenborough Park, Manor by the Lake and Eastnor Castle.

 

  • Abbey Court Gardens (Malmesbury)

  • Ashton Court (Bristol)

  • Bath Assembly Rooms (Bath)

  • Beaumont Estate Windsor

  • Berkeley Castle (Gloucestershire)

  • Bibury Court Hotel (Gloucestershire)

  • Blunsdon House (Swindon)

  • Birmingham Museum

  • Blackfriars (Gloucester)

  • Brecon Cathedral

  • Brockworth Court

  • Bridgewater Hall (Manchester)

  • Burleigh Court, Stroud

  • Cadbury House Hotel (Congresbury, Bristol)

  • Caerphilly Castle

  • Cardiff Castle

  • Cardiff City Hall

  • Cardiff Museum

  • Chase Hotel (Ross on Wye)

  • Cheltenham Park Hotel (Cheltenham)

  • CIA - Cardiff International Arena

  • Clearwell Castle (Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire)

  • Clevedon Hall (Bristol)

  • Clifton Club (Bristol)

  • Cotswold House Hotel, Chipping Norton

  • Cowley Manor (Cheltenham)

  • Cripps Barn (Gloucestershire)

  • Dumbleton Hall

  • Eastnor Castle (Ledbury, Herefordshire)

  • Eastwood Park, Thorbury

  • Egypt Mill, Nailsworth

  • Ellenborough Park (Cheltenham)

  • Ettington Park Hotel (Stratford Upon Avon)

  • Hare and Hounds, Tetbury

  • Hatton Court (Upton St Leonards)

  • Hereford Cathedral

  • Heythrop Park (Oxfordshire)

  • Highgrove (Gloucestershire)

  • Hilton Cardiff

  • Hotel du Vin (Bristol)

  • Hyde Barn - Fosse Manor, Stow on the Wold

  • Kelmarsh Hall, Daventry

  • Kingscote Barn (Gloucestershire)

 

 

  • Kingsholm Rugby Club (Gloucestershire)

  • Llandaff Cathedral (Cardiff)

  • Lodge Park (Gloucestershire)

  • Lower Slaughter Manor

  • Malvern Theatres (Worcestershire)

  • Manor by the Lake (Cheltenham)

  • Manor House Hotel, Moreton-in-Marsh (Gloucestershire)

  • Marriott St Pierre Hotel and Country Club (Chepstow)

  • Moxhull Hall, Birmingham

  • Norwegian Church (Cardiff)

  • Old Lodge (Minchinhampton)

  • Old Swan and Minster Mill (Minster Lovell)

  • Oxford Registry Office, Oxford

  • Oxford Town Hall (Oxford)

  • Penyard House (Ross on Wye)

  • Peterstone Court (Brecon)

  • Pittville Pump Rooms, Cheltenham

  • Puckrup Hall

  • Royal George Birdlip (Nr Cheltenham, Gloucestershire)

  • Royal Welsh Show

  • Slaughters Inn

  • St David's Cathedral

  • St David's Hotel, Cardiff Bay

  • St. David's Hall (Cardiff)

  • Stanbrook Abbey

  • Stonehouse Court Hotel (Gloucestershire)

  • Sudeley Castle (Cheltenham, Gloucestershire)

  • Swan Hotel, Bibury (Nr. Cirencester)

  • Tewkesbury Abbey (Tewkesbury)

  • The Albert Hall (London)

  • The Barn at Berkeley (Gloucestershire)

  • The Celtic Manor (Newport)

  • The Egypt Mill (Nailsworth, Gloucestershire)

  • The Ettington Park Hotel (Stratford upon Avon)

  • The Granary (Kidderminster)

  • The Great Tythe Barn (Tetbury)

  • The Hilton Puckrup Hotel (Tewkesbury)

  • The Inn at Fossebridge (Gloucestershire)

  • The Millenium Stadium (Cardiff)

  • The Old School Rooms, Stroud Registry Office,T

  • he Orangery, Margam Park

  • The Savoy (London)

  • Thistle Hotel (Cheltenham)

  • Thornbury Castle (Bristol)

  • Tortworth Court (S. Gloucestershire)

  • Tracy Park, Wick

  • Tredegar House (Newport)

  • Wales Millenium Centre (Cardiff)

  • Washbourne Court (Gloucestershire)

  • Westonbirt Arboreteum (Tetbury, Gloucestershire)

  • Wyck Hill House (Gloucestershire)

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