Welcome to the Harp Department at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire! Eleanor is the Principal Tutor and Head of Harp, Catrin Finch is the International Chair and gives specialist masterclasses, workshops and individual lessons every term. Rita Schindler is our Assistant Harp Tutor, delivering seminars and preparing orchestral parts with students and we are delighted to welcome Ruth Faber, Robin Ward and Amanda Whiting to the team as Orchestral Harp Tutor, Early Harp Tutor and Jazz Harp Tutor respectively. Vera Khait is the Harp Tutor for the Junior Department. If you would like to find out more about the harp department, email Eleanor.Turner@bcu.ac.uk
We have just hosted the world's first Electro Harp Live event, sponsored by Salvi Harps and Bow Brand Strings. Our next events are a concert by Russian harpist Sasha Boldachev on Wednesday 21st February 2018 at 7.30pm in the Organ Hall (visitors welcome, please bring friends, entrance is free and the bar is open!) and then on April 11th at 7.30pm the Henriette Renie Harp Prize, open to Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (RBC) and Birmingham University harp students, in the Recital Hall, adjudicated by Harriet Adie.
2017: The Etude Strings Prize, the Henriette Renie Harp Prize and the First Year Prize (open to all) were won by Georgina Taylor. Emily Harris, recently graduated from the University of Birmingham, was Runner Up in the Renie Harp Prize. Thanks to The Harp Studio for sponsoring the Runner Up Prize of a £25 music voucher. Matthew Sharp was an inspiring adjudicator, with a clear judging criteria and excellent motivational words of encouragement!
On Monday 15th May 2017 there was another fantastic London showcase concert at Holywell Music, London. Thank you to Holywell for hosting this event each year and for all their hospitality. The day after the concert, in 2016 we joined forces with Trinity Laban College harpists and their professor Gabriella Dall'Olio, together with visiting tutor Elena Manuela Cosentino, and in 2017 we paired up with Imogen Barford from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for a shared masterclass.
We have enjoyed masterclasses and workshops with Bryn Lewis, Mared Emlyn, Brandee Younger, Remy van Kesteren, Keziah Thomas, Anne Denholm, Heloise Werner, Laurence Kempton and Alexander Rider. We had a cool Pop-Up Harp event of contemporary music in 2017 which included a spontaneous performance of Stockhausen's Right Durations (1968).