About Mary

With a varied musical appetite, Mary performs as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral harpist, and in the community. She has a passion for giving recitals that showcase the harp’s full potential, especially in rural communities, and previous performances include Ripon Cathedral, Isle of Arran Music, the Bowes Museum, Music at Junction 50, Holkham Hall in Norfolk, Hove Music Society, and the Brantwood Young Artist Series as well as at London’s Wigmore Hall and the Moscow Russian Harp Festival. She has performed on recordings for Linn Records with Trevor Pinnock, with the Gabrieli Consort and on Paul Patterson’s CD of harp works. Mary has been concerto soloist with the Kingston Chamber Players, the Dacorum Symphony Orchestra, the Thames Consort, St Cecilia Orchestra in Yorkshire and the Vacation Chamber Orchestra playing works by Handel, Debussy, Mozart and Rodrigo.

Freelance orchestral work has recently included performances with the Royal Opera House, City of London Sinfonia, Opera North, the Hallé, London Mozart Players, English Touring Opera, CBSO, Northern Ballet, RSNO at the Edinburgh International Festival and at the BBC Proms. With a passion for chamber music, Mary has enjoyed working with smaller groups such as OperaUpClose, the London Sinfonietta, King’s Chamber Orchestra and the Riot Ensemble on several occasions. Mary started giving recitals across the UK with soprano Camilla Jeppeson in 2017 as one half of the Voce47 duo and founded Zamira Duo with violinist Tansy Garrod in 2013. In other chamber groups Mary has performed 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 featured several times in the Royal Academy’s Tuesday Chamber Music Series.

Mary also loves performing in schools, churches and hospices. Mary worked with Live Music Now for four years on their graduate scheme, giving participatory performances and workshops for adults in dementia care homes and for children with special educational needs. She was also a Concordia Foundation artist and continues her work in taking the harp to settings where participants might not otherwise hear live music.

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. Mary studied previously 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.