The harp is an exquisite instrument, so 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
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.
Amanda has appeared on many recordings, most recently (2019) for flautist/saxophonist Chip Wickham’s Blue to Red
She has two albums out on Jazzman Records. After Dark was released April 2021 to great acclaim
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.
Amanda is the recommended harpist for Belmond/Orient Express and regularly performs at Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir Aux Quat Saisons.
She is also the Resident Harpist at Celtic Manor, Newport, home of the 2010 Ryder Cup, holding this prestigious role since 1997.
“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.”