Emily Harris, a Harpist based in South Wales, pursues a portfolio career as a professional musician and teacher. She has been described as having 'outstanding composure and musical command illustrating real musical feeling and understanding'. Emily completed her Masters in Music Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in June 2020 where she studied with Caryl Thomas. Previously, Emily graduated from the University of Birmingham with a BMus Hons Degree studying with Rita Schindler, Catherine White and Eleanor Turner. Throughout her studies, Emily was generously supported by an annual college scholarship, the Welsh Government Post Graduate Interim Support, and the Worshipful Livery Company of Wales.
Emily has recently been granted the MMSF Philharmonia Orchestral Harp Fellowship and is excited to start this in September 2021 for the next two years. Emily has spent time on the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Welsh National Opera Orchestral Scheme with principal harpists Valerie Aldrich-Smith and Katherine Thomas. From being a passionate orchestral player, Emily has performed with BBC NOW, WNO, Welsh Chamber Orchestra, City of Cardiff Symphony Orchestra, City of Newport Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Wales, City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Orchestra and many more. So far Emily has worked with Mark Wigglesworth, Carlo Rizzi, Anthony Hose, James Southall, Thomas Søndergård, Harry Ogg, Sean O'Neill, David Jones, Jamie Phillips, Michael Seal, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Jac Van Steen and more.
Emily has performed two major concertos including the Handel Harp Concerto in Bb major, Op. 4 No. 6 and the Glière Harp Concerto in Eb major, Op. 74 in 2018 and 2019. Emily has had the opportunity to perform for British Royalties including HRH the Prince of Wales and the chance to travel widely, including tours to Prague, Tuscany and New York.
As well as performing, Emily is an experienced teacher, teaching both lever and pedal harp, piano and music theory to children and adults. Emily teaches privately at home and works for both Gwent Music Support Services and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Dram Junior Conservatoire.
Emily is available for tutoring, weddings, orchestral concerts, solo or chamber recitals and all other corporate events - please look at the services page for more details.