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Harriet Adie - Harpist

Harriet Adie was an Instrumental Exhibitioner at Balliol College, Oxford where she read Music. Before this she was a student of Daphne Boden at the Royal College of Music Junior Department where she was successful in many competitions. She continued her studies with Imogen Barford at Trinity College of Music, supported by awards from the Musician’s Benevolent Fund, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund.

As a soloist she has given many recitals at major London venues including St Martin’s-in-the-Fields, the National gallery and St James’s Palace. She has appeared at the Swaledale Festival, toured the Mediterranean aboard the QE2, and has performed concertos with orchestras including the Dart Festival Orchestra and the Ten Tors Orchestra. As part of her award from the Martin Musical Fund, she toured with the Unicorn Theatre Project / Philharmonia Orchestra for their production of the opera Clockwork, culminating in performances at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Covent Garden. More recently she was awarded 2nd Prize at the hotly contested 2005 London Harp Competition and also performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra for their 2006 Music Of Today series at the QEH. Harriet works regularly with many orchestras including the Philharmonia, the Orchestra of the Swan and the Northern Sinfonia.

Harriet enjoys composing and has written several solo and chamber works. She has had music performed by the Girl Choristers of Exeter Cathedral, at The Two Moors festival, and her critically acclaimed composition, ‘Sun, Moon and Stars’ for harp quartet, was selected for performance at the 9th World Harp Congress in 2005. Her most recent work, ‘Songs of Childhood’, for children’s choir and harp, was commissioned by the Two Moors Festival and was premiered in April 2007.

A keen chamber musician, she is a member of the Swan Duo with cellist Jessica Burroughs and plays in an oboe and harp duo with her sister Caroline Adie. Both duos have done concerts as part of the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme, and the Swan Duo recently reached the finals of the 2007 ROSL Ensemble prize and was also selected as one of the Recommended Artists for the 2006 Making Music Young Concert Artists Award. She is also a member of the award-winning Four Girls/Four Harps, who's music has been broadcast on Classic FM and BBC Radio 2's 'Friday Night is Music Night' series. They have played at many prestigious venues such as St James’s Piccadilly and St George’s Bristol, and were invited to perform at the 9th World Harp Congress in Dublin.

On the lighter side Harriet has played in all the major London Hotels including Claridges, The Ritz and the Dorchester Hotel, she has dressed up as an angel to appear at Fabric Night Club, duetted live on TV with Dermot O'Leary on Channel 4's Celebrity Big Brother, toured with the QE2 cruise ship, and performed for BBC 1's Songs of Praise. Her repertoire is enormously varied and she is happy to take requests with advance warning, and where possible, on the day.

Available London area and South of England