Anne Denholm is one of Britain’s leading young harpists, and is Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales. She is earning a reputation for her dynamic and engaging performances across a variety of musical fields.
Anne received her Master’s from the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) in London with distinction, graduating with the Renata Scheffel-Stein Harp Prize, the Sir Reginald Thatcher Prize, and a Regency Award for notable achievement. Whilst at the RAM, she was the first ever harpist to win the historic RAM Club Prize, and was twice winner of the Skaila Kanga Harp Prize.
Anne underwent a British musical upbringing, studying at the Junior Department of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, the Purcell School, Cambridge University and the RAM. She has won numerous prizes in local, national and international competitions, including second place in the Wales International Harp Festival 2014 and reaching the string category finals of the BBC Young Musician in 2010. Concerto appearances have included works by Handel, Mozart, Pierné and Glière.
Anne is increasingly in demand as an interpreter and performer of new music; she has been recording and premiering new works for solo harp since 2006, and in 2013-14 worked with Sally Beamish on a video project of her work, ‘Awuya’. She is a founding member of contemporary experimental quartet, The Hermes Experiment, and also greatly enjoys working with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
Anne freelances with orchestras across England, most recently working with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and The Orchestra of the Swan. In 2015-16 she was the harpist for the LPO Foyle Future Firsts development scheme. She is also Principal Harpist with Ensemble Cymru, a group championing chamber music throughout Wales. Anne enjoys working with choirs; collaborators have included Trinity Boys Choir, The Temple Church Choir, Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir, The Choir of St John’s College Cambridge, and Voce Chamber Choir.
In addition to performing, Anne is passionate about using music in community and education contexts. She has been practising in this field since 2008, when she first started training with the Purcell School’s award-winning IMPULSE music education group. With them she toured schools in Cornwall and Norfolk, as well as co-directing a tour to South Wales. Since then, she has worked with the Cambridge Music Education and Outreach group, the Open Academy (RAM), and the LPO Education Team. She is currently a solo harpist with Live Music Now in Wales and England.