Emma’s enthusiasm for her instrument is as obvious as it is infectious. Her relaxed and informal style, as well as her extensive repertoire make her a popular performer with audiences of all shapes and sizes. She lives in the tiny Devon village of Kenn, with a forest of harps and a cocker spaniel, (himself a virtuoso performer on squeaky ball).
Emma began playing the harp at the relatively old age of 18 and immediately decided to spend the rest of her life with it! She studied at Exeter university and, after graduating, won a scholarship to study at Trinity College of Music in London with Sioned Williams and Imogen Barford on a specialist harp performers course. At Trinity, she won the United Kingdom Harp Association award and received sponsorship from the Arthur Anderson Trust to study for a further year.
Having decided that two years is long enough for a country girl to spend in London, Emma returned to Devon where she works as a freelance performer and teacher. She plays all over the country and beyond, in venues ranging from private back gardens to stately homes and grand concert halls to cruise liners! She is in demand both as a recital soloist and as a background performer at weddings and corporate functions as well as being a sought after orchestral player, having performed with members of the Bournemouth Symphonietta, The Ten Tors Orchestra, Symphonia 21, Plymouth Symphony Orchestra and The Exeter Music Group Symphony Orchestra.
Since 2010, Emma has teamed up with fellow professional harpist Liz Grier to form the harp duo Harpe Noire. This exciting new venture is proving very popular. Their debut CD featuring a live recital was released late in 2012. More information can be found on our dedicated website.
Emma is one of the few fully qualified harp teachers in the area and is passionate about providing her pupils with a strong foundation of excellent harp technique to enable them to follow any branch of music they may choose, whether they are learning with a harp career in mind, or just for the pure fun of it. Please click here to visit my dedicated teaching site for more information.
As well as the concert harp, Emma also owns a striking, blue, electric concert harp for jazz, pop and where a litttle more amplification is required. She also has a fully electric (wearable!) portable harp for those tricky to access venues! Emma is keen to share her love of the harp with those who want to play or those who are just happy listening to its captivating sound.
Biography of a Devon harpist
What they say.....
“What a wonderful evening we all had. Thank you for giving so much pleasure to the audience with your beautiful music”
-Organiser, Deanery Concert Series. Exeter Cathedral
“Her varied and interesting programme showed off the harp and her playing to great effect. She introduced the pieces with a gentle charm and elegant wit, wooing the audience with her engaging personality”
-Meetings organiser, U.K. Harp Association
Your beautiful playing has enhanced events here at Rosemoor..... Our members are delighted to see you return again and again”
-Royal Horticultural society
“The harpist ended the evening on a perfect note”
“....and the musical finish, quite superb - what a talented harpist”
-two views of a private function