The Background Harpist: How to be one, how to survive as one, all you need to know…


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The Background Harpist is a ‘must-have’ book for any musician who aspires to make a living out of playing for functions. With useful tips from equipment and the latest repertoire to finding and quoting for work. This book has become a staple in all gigging harpists’ bags and no stone is unturned in the quest for survival as a background harpist.


Format Paperback
Publication Date 1 January 2012
Pages 25
ISBN-10 0992640229
ISBN-13 978-0992640224


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Meet the Authors

Amanda Whiting

Amanda has become an established name on the jazz scene. She started classical harp at the age of 6 and at 16 was awarded a specialist scholarship to Wells Cathedral School. Since furthering her classical studies at Cardiff University, and jazz at The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, she has become a freelance harpist all over the world; from recitals in London’s Southbank to concerts at sea. She has appeared on numerous TV and radio broadcasts and is in constant demand for function and recording work, as well as lectures and masterclasses.

Tony Robinson

Tony is a professional drummer and multi-instrumentalist, well versed in the art of popular music and jazz performance. He is an alumnus of both The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance and The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. He has performed and toured internationally, taught in the UK and Australia, and appeared as a conference speaker.

Amanda and Tony met while studying together on the RWCMD MA Jazz course in Cardiff and are striving to write new and interesting repertoire for harpists.

Hire Amanda Whiting

Amanda is an experienced and professional harpist.

Available for weddings, private and corporate events and festivals.