Amanda Whiting

Professional Harpist

The harp is an exquisite instrument, both to look at and for setting the perfect, unforgettable, atmosphere for your event. You can understand why Amanda started the harp at 6 after being mesmerised by Harpo Marx on tv.

Her classical roots were cemented after being accepted into Wells Cathedral Music School where she was the first harpist to obtain a scholarship as a Specialist Musician. Her teachers over the years included Gillian Green, Ann Griffiths, Caryl Thomas and Park Stickney.

Her BMus Degree and LRSM in Harp were followed in 2013 with a Masters in Jazz (the first known harpist in the UK) and Amanda has since been a pioneer in Jazz harp in the UK. She currently teaches at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff and The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and has recently tutored at RNCM and Junior RNCM.

Performer, Composer, Educator, Recording Artist

Performer

Amanda has many threads to her stage performances. Available as a soloist for classical or jazz concerts, as well as with her trio.

Throughout her career, Amanda has worked extensively for Lost Chord and Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now, playing for dementia sufferers and special needs children. The schemes also presented many opportunities with concerts from the Southbank London to St David’s Hall Cardiff.

Jazz

Amanda has become a specialist in the field of Jazz harp. From performing at Festivals around the world, to teaching in Conservatoires across the country. Jazz has become her passion.

Composer

Her series of Jazz harp books (with co-author Tony Robinson) is featured across the syllabus of Trinity College London.

Amanda’s first self-penned jazz album will be out in Autumn 2019. Watch this space!

 

Recording Artist

Amanda has appeared on many CDs, most recently (2019) for flautist/saxophonist Chip Wickham

Her new album is currently being recorded with her new jazz trio.

Weddings

With many years of experience, Amanda Whiting can help you choose the right music to enhance the atmosphere of your special day.

 

Corporate Events

Amanda’s experience results in her being in great demand for functions and events with style! Her music ranges from classical to contemporary, specialising in modern and jazz. Her attention to detail and capability result in her impressive client history, with performances for many high profile events.

Current Work

Amanda is the Resident Harpist at Celtic Manor, Newport, home of the 2010 Ryder Cup, holding this prestigious role since 1997.

She is also recommended harpist for Belmond/Orient Express and regularly performs at Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir Aux Quat Saisons.

Educator

Amanda offers private lessons (all around the world with Skype) as well being a visiting tutor in music conservatories across the country.

Amanda is Jazz/World harp Specialist for the World Harp Congress 2020

“Thank you…for providing such a moving and varied array of music. My wife and I were particularly struck by your skill and the strings provided the perfect and subtle background mood that seemed to calm everyone present. Memories of your beautiful Harp music filling the castle ruins will stay with us. Thanks again for coming so far and bringing some extra magic to Lisa and Scotts wedding day.”

Phil Simmons

Hire Amanda Whiting

Amanda is an experienced and professional harpist.

Available for weddings, private and corporate events and festivals.