Harp at Birmingham


Welcome to the Harp Department at 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 Harp Hive 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 at any time: Eleanor.Turner@bcu.ac.uk


News: 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 enjoyed masterclasses and workshops throughout the year - our last year in the Paradise Place building - with Robin Ward, Bryn Lewis, Amanda Whiting, Brandee Younger, Alexander Riderand Catrin Finch. We had a cool Pop-Up Harp event of contemporary music, including a spontaneous performance of Stockhausen's Right Durations (1968) from 'From the Seven Days'.

Previous guest artists: Remy van Kesteren, Mared Emlyn, coaching from Laurence Kempton.