About Mary

Mary is passionate about showcasing the harp’s potential and diversity at every opportunity.

With a varied musical appetite, Mary performs as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral harpist, and in the community. Her solo recitals explore everything from Baroque transcriptions to new music by living composers. Previous recitals include London’s Wigmore Hall, the 11th Russian Harp Festival in Moscow, Ripon International Festival, the World Harp Congress in Vancouver, the 9th International USA Competition, Ripon Cathedral, the Bowes Museum, Hove Music Society, Deptford Town Hall, and the Brantwood Young Artist Series. Her discography includes a solo performance on Paul Patterson’s music for harp and a CD of German chamber works conducted by Trevor Pinnock.

Freelance orchestral work has recently included performances with the Royal Opera House, Opera North, the Halle, London Mozart Players, CBSO, Northern Ballet, RSNO at the Edinburgh International Festival and at the BBC Proms. Mary toured to Moscow with the London Sinfonietta under Vladimir Jurowski and enjoys a wide range of contemporary music projects. Mary has been concerto soloist with the St Cecilia Orchestra in Yorkshire and the Vacation Chamber Orchestra. This year, she performed Handel’s Harp Concerto with the Thames Consort and Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto with the Dacorum Symphony Orchestra. Most recently Mary enjoyed performing Rodrigo’s rarely heard Concierto Serenata with the Kingston Chamber Players.

With a passion for chamber music, Mary founded Zamira Duo with violinist Tansy Garrod; they have given workshops for Wigmore Hall’s Chamber Tots Series and this year were the final concert in the Thames Concert Series 2017. Mary is also a founding member of the London Harp Quartet. In other chamber groups Mary has given the world premieres of ‘Black Roses’ by Martin Gaughan (mandolin/harp) and ‘Panoply’ by Richard Bissell (harp duet/flute). She performed alongside Christopher Hogwood in a Gresham College lecture-recital, and has featured several times in the Royal Academy’s Tuesday Chamber Music Series.

Mary also loves performing to those who might otherwise never hear classical music; in schools, churches and hospices. Mary performs through the Live Music Now scheme, founded by Yehudi Menuhin, giving participatory performances for adults in dementia care homes and children with special education needs.

Education

Mary gained both her MA in Performance with Distinction and her Bachelor of Music (1st Class Hons) from the Royal Academy of Music, studying with her harp professor of ten years Professor Emerita Skaila Kanga. Before studying with Professor Kanga, Mary studied with Marcia Dickstein (Los Angeles), Sarah Bullen (Chicago) and Sophie Askew (Edinburgh). Mary gratefully acknowledges the Help Musician’s UK Postgraduate Award, the RAM Peter Simon Scholarship and the AC Daniell Award in their generous support of her studies.