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

Amanda started playing the harp when she 6 years old after being mesmerised by Harpo Marx on tv. After many years of requesting a harp, she finally arrived home from Brownies to her wish….

Her classical teachers included Gillian Green, Ann Griffiths and Caryl Thomas and Amanda has been extremely fortunate to take part in masterclasses with the following:

Marisa Robles, Elizabeth Fonton-Binoche, Tatiana Tauer, Kathleen Bride, Deborah Henson-Conant (jazz), Daphne Boden, Isabelle Morretti, Park Stickney, Osian Ellis, Helen Davies, David Watkins and Edward Witesenburg…

 

History

1992 Accepted into Wells Cathedral Music School where she was the first harpist to obtain a scholarship as a specialist musician.

1995 Became a National Eisteddfod winner

1995 Won the Nansi Richards Scholarship.

1995-1997 After turning down a place to the Royal Academy, London, her studies continued at Cardiff University with Caryl Thomas where Amanda gained her BMus Hons Degree and LRSM.

2000 Accepted on to Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music making her debut at the Purcell Rooms, London in 2002 and St Davids Hall, Cardiff, with Joanne Thomas in January 2003. She now tours regularly for Lost Chord, a music charity which takes live music to dementia patients.

2013 Gained a Masters in Jazz from The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff…a first for a harpist!

 

Working As a Soloist

Over the last 10 years, Amanda has performed at countless concerts across the country and abroad, including the South Bank in London, St David’s Hall in Cardiff and cruise ships. Concertos have included flute and harp (Mathias and Mozart) Debussy Danses to name a few.

In April 2010 Amanda was invited to perform a concerto (Danger Zone), written and directed by legendary Jazz harpist Deborah Henson Conant, at the Caernarfon Harp Festival.

In September 2010 Amanda was the resident harpist at The Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales. During the week she performed an intimate concert with X Factor’s Rhydian.

Amanda has appeared on British, Japanese and Sky television, played on various cruise ships and has performed for HRH Prince of Wales, Reverend Desmond Tutu and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

In 2012 she appeared in the Millennium Centre, Cardiff and the Hay Festival as well as performing regularly at Le Manoir in Oxfordshire, The Orient Express and other exclusive events.

2013 has seen the launch of two new CDS Butterflies (with her jazz trio “The Whiting on the Wall”) and Memories (a nostalgic CD of well known songs) as well as three books for harpists and a Masters in Jazz.