Elizabeth’s Music Story
Elizabeth decided at an early age that she wanted to learn the harp. She is not quite sure where this came from as she grew up in Kent, but she does have an Irish family. Perhaps it was the presence of the harp on these trips to Ireland, on coins and in performances, that inspired her at age 5! However, it was recommended that she start with the piano to learn the basic music theory.
It was not until she was 9 that she started learning the harp, as her parents were waiting for a harp to be available for her to play from the local music centre. It was a two-year waiting list to get the harp but worth waiting for! She had lessons with a teacher from the Kent Music School, who she then stayed with for some time. She also continued piano to grade 7 and completed grade 8 violin.
Elizabeth continued her studies at at Royal Holloway, University of London where she did a degree in Music and then went to the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance to do her Masters.
Following this she has done a variety of performing and teaching. Notable performances include Ginastera Harp Concerto, Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto, Mozetich El Dorado, Debussy Danses sacree et Profane and Ravel Introduction and Allegro and Handel’s Harp concerto with groups such as Kantanti Ensemble, Symphonia Academica and Berkeley Ensemble. She has freelanced with The London Philharmonic Orchestra, English National Ballet, Welsh National Opera, RTE Concert Orchestra, Northern Ballet and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Since 2016 she has been the principal harpist at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Throughout her time, she has also taught the harp privately and spent time teaching at various schools including Hill House International Prep School and Queens College, Harley Street, Sevenoaks School and St Dunstan’s, Forest Hill. She has participated in many education projects with The LPO Education department. She is currently harp tutor at Liverpool University and enjoys occasionally coaching the National Youth Orchestra harp section.