Amanda Whiting – 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

Soloist

Amanda often performs solo recitals. Repertoire available on request.

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.

Charity work

Amanda spent many years performing 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.

Charitable performances have included NSPCC, Velindre Hospital and Meningitis trust.

Background

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:

1997-current: Resident harpist at Celtic Manor, Newport, home of the 2010 Ryder Cup.

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

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!

Educator

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

Recording Artist

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

Please see Recordings / video page 

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