Bristol Festival of Music, Speech & Drama 2016



Harp Sections


Sat, 17 March 2018

Redmaids' High School, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS9 3AW

Section Rules:

As per General Rules


Catherine White ARAM, MM (Juilliard School) BM (Curtis Institute of Music)

Catherine White (Harpist) studied at the Curtis Institute (B Mus) under Marilyn Costello of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Juilliard School (M Mus) with Susann McDonald. After winning several prestigious prizes in her native USA, she toured widely, presenting hundreds of solo and chamber concerts, as well as broadcasts for National Public Radio(USA), Czech Television and the BBC. More recently she has been a featured soloist with the Ulster Orchestra, the Birmingham Chamber Orchestra, and the Worcester Chamber Orchestra, as well as performing chamber music with the Gaudier Ensemble, among others.

Catherine also has extensive orchestral experience, performing as principal with the Ulster Orchestra from 1989 to 2004. She has performed often with many of the country's finest ensembles including the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English National Opera, and the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, with such distinguished conductors as Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Bernard Haitink.

Another aspect of her career has been performing and arranging light music for harp. She has entertained notables ranging from Frank Sinatra to the Prince of Wales, and has been honoured to play for British and foreign Royalty on many occasions.

Now teaching has become a major focus. She is Professor of Harp at the Royal Academy of Music for which she has been awarded an ARAM, and formerly Principal Harp Tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire, where she directed all facets of harp studies.

She has also been a guest teacher at Guildhall and Trinity College of Music, and has presented masterclasses at most of the UKs music colleges as well as abroad. She has additionally enjoyed being involved with activities such as examining, serving on the selection panels for BBC Young Musician and Live Music Now, and coaching youth orchestras.

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