Anne Denholm is one of the leading British harpists of her generation and served as Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales from 2015-2019 . She is earning a reputation for her interpretations and powerful performances across a variety of musical fields.
Anne underwent a British musical upbringing, studying at the Junior Department of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, the Purcell School, Newnham College Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) in London. She received her Master’s from the RAM with distinction, studying under Karen Vaughan and graduating with the Renata Scheffel-Stein Harp Prize and a Regency Award for notable achievement. Whilst at the RAM she was the first ever harpist to win the historic RAM Club Prize. In 2019 she was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM).
Anne enjoys giving regular solo recitals across the U.K. and further afield, from music clubs and societies to international harp festivals. Highlights include a trip to Bangkok for the Third Thailand International Harp Festival, two performances at the Wales International Harp Festival, and travelling to Bogotá, Colombia to give two recitals and a workshop. She has given concerto performances with the London Mozart Players and the London Chamber Orchestra.
Anne is increasingly in demand as an interpreter and performer of new music; she has been recording and premiering new works for solo harp since 2006. She is a founding member of award-winning contemporary experimental quartet, The Hermes Experiment, winners of the 2019 Royal Overseas League Mixed Ensemble Competition and shortlisted in the 2019 Royal Philharmonic Awards Young Artists category. Their debut album, HERE WE ARE, was released in 2020 to great critical acclaim, including winning a Presto Classical Recordings of the Year award. She is also passionate about contributing to the development of the next generation of composers: Anne tutored on the Sound and Summer Music School for several years and regularly works in this area at a variety of secondary and further education institutions.
Anne hugely enjoys freelancing with orchestras and choirs across England, most recently working with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, English National Opera and Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. She has recorded for CDs with The Choir of St John’s College Cambridge, The Temple Church Choir and The Carice Singers. Anne is also Principal Harpist with Ensemble Cymru, a group championing chamber music throughout Wales.
In addition to performing, Anne is passionate about using music in community and education contexts. She has been practising in this field since 2008, when she first started training with the Purcell School’s award-winning IMPULSE music education group. Since then, she has worked with a variety of learning and participation schemes and also worked as a solo harpist with Live Music Now in Wales and England. Recently, Anne directed The Hermes Experiment’s SONG Virtual Composition Project for state secondary schools in London.
Anne is a dedicated teacher, giving private lessons in addition to holding the position of Harp Teacher at Eton College, Windsor and the Dragon School, Oxford. Recently, Anne has thoroughly enjoyed working as a Harp Tutor with the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
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