Stephanie - Harpist
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The Ambience of a Bygone Age
Recapture the ambience
of a bygone age with
the silvery strains of Stephanie's elegant harp.
Her extensive repertoire covering:
Contemporary Pop & Pop Classics & Light Jazz
Musicals & Films
would add an extra special touch to your day.
For venues such as marquees, or events where a large number of guests
are anticipated, and it is deemed appropriate, Stephanie can provide
enhanced sound projection of her harp through unobtrusive amplification
For outside ceremonies, conditions are often not suitable to take
a pedal harp outside due to their high value and high maintenance.
However, to avoid disappointment, Stephanie can prepare repertoire
on her lever harp, which although styled like a pedal harp, is less
susceptible to damage from climatic conditions, and has an inbuilt
pick up for amplification. It is also suitable for smaller spaces
or areas that are risky to access with a pedal harp.
Stephanie also performs
as a classically trained pianist at venues that have a suitable
piano, and where one isn’t available, she can provide her stage
digital piano complete with P A system.
She performs a classical
repertoire, but also music from the shows, films, pop classics,
contemporary pop, fun jazz items, and where appropriate, disney,
war time favourites etc.
On occasion, Stephanie has received requests to provide a combination
of harp and piano music, and this is usually possible to arrange.
Stephanie started playing
the piano at 4, and the harp at 13. She was offered a place at Chetham’s
School of Music at the age of 12 and gained her first diploma aged
15. She continued her Piano & Harp studies at London College
of Music, graduating with “Honours” in Performance. She then undertook
Postgraduate Music Therapy training at Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy
Centre, London and teacher training.
She has played piano concertos and given recitals in London, including
being selected to perform in the Purcell Room on London’s Southbank,
as well as the Home Counties, Belfast and Bristol. She has also
performed Handel's Harp Concerto and Britten's "Ceremony of Carols".
In July 2008, Stephanie was privileged to play her harp for Her
Royal Highness Princess Alexandra on her visit to Coalport China
"Considerable expertise in interpretation" Belfast Telegraph
As a HCPC Registered Music Therapist, she heads "Shrewsbury Music
Therapy Unit", she teaches harp and piano and, as a harpist and
pianist, performs in hotels, residential care homes, concert halls
and with orchestras throughout the country including Russell Watson's
touring orchestra. In
addition, she has done examining work for all instruments at grade
and diploma levels and has been involved in the writing of the harp
syllabus for London College of Music at University of West London.
In May 2017, she brought together her harp students and her work
with people with special needs, in an ensemble performance at Theatre
Severn, courtesy of Claire Jones,former harpist to HRH Prince Charles,
and percussionist Chris Marshall.
Photo: South Staffs Council Awards Event
Tapestry of Harp
By popular demand, Stephanie
released her CD “A Tapestry of Harp” which is a pedal harp CD of
approximately 70 minutes playing time. It aims to weave a tapestry
of different styles from the Celtic and folk tradition, to arrangements
of well known pieces from the classical world.
There is also lesser known classical music written specifically
for the harp, along with arrangements of music from the world of
jazz and musicals.
"A really lovely disc! So full of interest, so generous in length
- played with sincerity, musicianship, real flair, and an obvious
love for the harp which really comes across to your listeners, who
will love it too! My own personal favourites are nos. 21 (Today
I met my love), 24(Jakez's "Take Five"), 27 (Autumn Leaves),and
33 (Mnathan a Ghlinne Seo) but it's a collection with such a selection
that everyone will find his or her own particular treasure. Brilliant
Ann Griffiths - Harpist
Available for purchase from Stephanie by mail order £10 plus p&p.
Proceeds from the sale of this CD have helped to boost the funds
of "Shrewsbury Music Therapy Unit Trust Fund"
Registered Charity for children & adults with learning & physical
disabilities,communication difficulties within Shropshire & Border