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Head of Harp Karen Vaughan LRAM, ARAM Studied at the Academy and with Maria Korchinska. Founder member of Scottish Chamber Orchestra, principal harp of Royal Scottish National Orchestra, then appointed London Symphony Orchestra co-principal harpist in 1984. She has played for such eminent conductors as Abbado, Bernstein, Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Gergiev, Haitink, and Tilson Thomas, and appears on numerous recordings and film soundtracks. In 2008 she gave the harp masterclass for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, followed by YTSO2 in 2010.


The harp has played a major rôle at the Academy since the earliest days. In addition to studying solo, concerto and chamber repertoire, students also take part in regular classes in orchestral, operatic and contemporary performance, early harp, jazz and improvisation, technical advancement, art of teaching and harp ensemble concerts.


The Academy’s numerous orchestras and ensembles provide experience in all styles of performance from classical to avant- garde and jazz. In addition, the Academy regularly hosts masterclasses—and many students have achieved major successes in national and international competitions.


The harp department commissions new works annually, and its Harp Showcase concerts attract a wide audience.


Main sponsors: Salvi Foundation and Holywell Music.


The Teachers


Karen Vaughan ARAM, LRAM Co-principal, London Symphony Orchestra (Head of Harp)


Frances Kelly BA (Cantab) (Early Harp Tutor) Alison Martin GGSMD (Opera Tutor) Principal, English National Opera


Thelma Owen BMus, Hon ARAM (Orchestral Studies) Former Principal, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


Charlotte Seale ARCM, Premier Prix, Brussels Conservatoire, Hon ARAM


Helen Tunstall GRSM, ARCM , Hon ARAM (Contemporary Music Studies) Principal, London Sinfonietta


Catherine White MM (Juilliard), BM (Curtis)


Professor Emerita of Harp Professor Skaila Kanga LRAM, FRAM Principal, Academy of St Martin in the Fields and London Mozart Players; composer and international recording artist


Visiting Professors


Milda Agazarian Russian Academy, Moscow and Gnessin Special School of Music


Isabelle Moretti International Soloist and professor of harp at CNSMD (Paris Conservatoire)


Isabelle Perrin Co-Principal, Orchestre Nationale de France; professor of harp at École Normale, Paris


Catrin Finch BMus, FRAM International Soloist


Visiting Professor of Jazz Harp Park Stickney MM (Juilliard), BM (University of Arizona)


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2010–2011 Highlights Recitals by Marielle Nordmann and Park Stickney Trio Masterclasses with Marielle Nordmann, Erika Waardenburg, Isabelle Perrin, Milda Agazarian and Skaila Kanga Orchestral cadenza workshop with Marie- Pierre Langlamet ‘Free on Fridays’ concert: French Chamber Music with Harp Lecture on the Russian School of harp performance by Milda Agazarian Academy Harp Ensemble recitals in Regent Hall, St Martin in the Fields, Southwark Cathedral and Norfolk & Norwich Festival Early Music workshop with Andrew Lawrence-King Lecture on ‘New Music, Innovation and the Importance of Collaboration’ by Sioned Williams Showcase concert at the Harp Department’s main sponsors, Holywell Music Guy McGrath Harp Prize: 2011 winner Jimin Lee


Illustrious Past Students Recent Harp graduates perform as soloists and in many orchestras and chamber ensembles worldwide as well as teaching at every level. Some graduates include:


LauYee Yeung (graduated 2009) Hong Kong Harp Teaching Faculty


Claire Jones (2009) Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales, concerto performances with ECO and Philharmonia, solo recording artist


Celine Saout (2004) Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra


Dr Chaerin Kim (2003) Tutor at Harvard University


Catrin Finch (2002) International soloist and Royal Academy of Music Visiting Professor of Harp


Ruth Potter (2001) Principal harp, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra


Suzanne Willison (1999) Principal harp, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


Anne-Sophie Bertrand (1994) Principal harp, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra


Catherine Beynon (1993) Solo harpist, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg


Department Administrator: Camilla Fisher BMus Telephone 020 7873 7405 Email harp@ram.ac.uk Open Day: 30th September 2011


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