CLOUDS. Harp Quartet
CLOUDS Harp Quartet formed in 2008 when Elfair Grug Dyer, Rebecca Mills, Esther Swift and Angelina Warburton all studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Eira Lynn Jones. Whilst studying at the RNCM they performed together in a number of exciting venues including Huddersfield contemporary Music Festival in 2007 where they premièred ‘Anthill’ by Catherine Kontz; a concert celebrating John Cage’s music in The Baltic, Gateshead and a concert under the dinosaur in the Natural History Museum in London.
Since then they have released two CDs of original works, their debut – Clouds, and most recent – Water. CLOUDS harp quartet’s music is written by Esther Swift and draws much from her background in folk music and improvisation. CLOUDS have toured extensively around the UK to promote their CD’s, and tour venues have included the Royal Northern College of Music, St. Giles Cathedral, Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh and Whitechapel Art Gallery, London. Following the success of their first UK tour in summer 2011, CLOUDS were invited to perform their original works at the Bridgwater Hall in Manchester as part of the CLIC Sargent Charity Christmas Concerts in 2011.
As individuals, all four are established as soloists, chamber and orchestral musicians: including performances at Cadogan Hall, Barbican and Royal Albert Hall, London and St.Davids Hall, Cardiff. They have been involved in various orchestras including the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, RNCM Symphony Orchestra, Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and Ορχήστρα των Χρωμάτων (Athens). Welsh harpist Elfair Dyer has recently completed her Master’s degree at the RNCM and been accepted as a soloist on to the Live Music Now Scheme, whilst Rebecca performs internationally as resident harpist on board the Cunard cruise ships, Queen Elizabeth & Queen Mary II. Over the past year Esther has also been performing internationally as part of her Routes to Roots project with folk duo Twelfth Day – their project sees them travel to four different continents sharing folk music traditions with the musicians they meet, and Angelina is a professional freelance harpist based in Manchester playing with ensembles such as the National Festival Orchestra and the Festival Number Six Ensemble.
CLOUDS are available for recitals, evening concerts, harp and folk festivals and corporate events.
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