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Telephone : (029) 2081 1620 or 07990 597784
Email : amanda@amandawhiting.com
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Jazz & Pop Harpist

 

Amanda has always had a love for jazz and after obtaining a Masters in Jazz in 2013, she has become well-respected as a jazz harpist and musician.
After supporting Jamie Cullum and consequently meeting Dannii Minogue, Amanda was invited to arrange and record the track ‘I’ll be home for Christmas’ in Strongroom Studios, London. It was the start of her career in jazz and pop and her unique style has resulted in her being in great demand for recordings and session work. In 2015, she was invited to be a headline act at Edinburgh International Harp Festival with her trio The Whiting on the Wall as well as performing at International Jazz festivals in Hamburg and Johannesburg with Jazz trumpeter Matthew Halsall and the Gondwana Orchestra. In 2015-16 she performed at Union Chapel London, Jazz Cafe ( Camden), Pori Jazz66 (Finland), Ghent Jazz festival and London Jazz Festival.

Amanda is also a Jazz harp teacher at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff and co- author (with Tony Robinson)of a series of new Jazz harp books on the syllabus of Trinity College, London.

She is currently working on a new CD and furthering the repertoire of jazz harp music, making it fun and accessible for new and professional harpists alike.

Amanda performs/works regularly with the following people:

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The Whiting on the Wall – Jazz Trio

The Whiting on the Wall

“A fresh new sound that transports you to afternoons of sunshine.” The trio of harp, bass (Deej Williams) and drums (Tony Robinson) manage to capture the perfect atmosphere. Appearing in Hay and Brecon festivals in 2013, the trio are in high demand throughout the country. 2015 saw the trio as a headline act in Edinburgh International Harp Festival.

Tony Robinson

Tony and Amanda met whilst studying their Masters in Jazz at The Royal College of music and Drama. Their duo of drums / cajon and harp is modern and adds a different feel to jazz standards and pop.

See the Video page for more (In a Sentimental Mood, All of Me)

Something Blue

View the Something Blue page Joanne Thomas and Amanda have been working together for the last fifteen years during which time they have performed at numerous venues including the Purcell Room, London and St David’s Hall, Cardiff as well as working extensively for Lost Chord, a scheme which takes concerts to Alzheimer sufferers. Their recent CD (Lust, Love and Loss) is a mixture of beautiful jazz songs from Nature boy to My baby just cares for me. As a jazz harp duo, the pair enjoy playing the standards as well as jazz versions of pop songs.

Richard Hooper

Inspired by Gilmore, Clapton and Django Reinhardt, Richard started playing the guitar when he was 15. His style is described as  having “a musical soul singing through his fingers… In tune with all genres, his love of music speaks for itself.” Amanda and Richard perform guitar/bass and harp with music from Sinatra to Kylie.

And something different?

Deborah Henson-Conant

In April 2010, Amanda was honoured to be asked to perform with legendary jazz harpist Deborah Henson Conant in Carnarfon. ‘Danger Zone’ – a small jazz concerto with orchestra, was about an experiment into the ‘strapless evening gown’ and Amanda played the role of a mad scientist. “Amanda’s talent, commitment, and above all her willingness to fully involve herself in the process of collaboration, epitomises the power of the composer/performer relationship. She then sat down and poured her heart and soul into the performance.  And the audience absolutely loved her.” Deborah Henson-Conant

Amanda has performed in Miss Moneypenny’s in Birmingham, improvising over the DJ, leading the way for harp music being incorporated into dance music.

She has also recorded an improvised track ‘Pass-On‘ for the up and coming film director Pablo Magee. Recorded individually, the harp was layered on a bass and drums track to which saxophonist John Altman (who played with Bob Marley, Hendrix, Prince and Sting) added his unique sound.

The harps…

As a jazz harpist, Amanda plays an electro-acoustic 47 string Lyon and Healy and 44 string Camac Blue with AER amplification.