Bristol Festival of Music, Speech & Drama 2016



Harp Sections


Sat, 16th March 2019

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

Section Rules:

As per General Rules


Imogen Barford MA (Cantab), DipRAM, LRAM, ARAM, MSTAT.

IMOGEN BARFORD's busy free-lance career has covered an extremely wide range of activities. Solo appearances include concertos at the South Bank, Wigmore Hall, at the Aldeburgh Festival, and with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Edinburgh and Glasgow. She has given numerous solo recitals and had solo invitations to the World Harp Congresses in the Netherlands and Israel. Imogen has given hundreds of chamber music concerts with her own group 'JEUX', including recitals at the South Bank, St John's Smith Square, festival appearances and Arts Council network tours. She has made many London appearances at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, and King’s Place, as a chamber musician with Endymion, the BBC Singers, and others. She has also toured extensively as a chamber musician through Europe, the USA and Canada. Imogen's orchestral experience includes work with all the major London symphony orchestras and chamber orchestras, as well as opera, ballet, and film work. Most recently she has enjoyed touring in Germany, Austria, France, Luxembourg and Spain with the London Symphony Orchestra, and playing under conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Bernard Haitink. In recent years her work has ranged from playing the harp solo in Handel's Saul at Glyndebourne, to premiering a new work at the 2017 London Jazz Festival. Her commitment to contemporary music has led to numerous first performances, and work with groups such as the Endymion Ensemble in the UK and abroad; Society for the Promotion of New Music workshops; and commissioning awards. In 2013 Imogen began commissioning a series of harp solo works from prominent British composers, starting with Simon Holt, Robert Saxton, Julian Phillips and Mark-Anthony Turnage. As a broadcast artist, her experience includes solo playing on BBC TV and Radio 3, chamber music with her own group ‘JEUX’ for BBC Radio 3, and ensemble playing on Classic FM, as well as incidental music for radio and TV as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. Imogen has appeared on Italian and Israeli TV, National Public Radio in the USA, and Radio France. In the early music field, Imogen has worked on Baroque double harp and medieval/renaissance harps with English National Opera, Gothic Voices, Taverner Consort, New London Consort, and the City of London Baroque Sinfonia, including concerts, recordings, and foreign tours. Imogen read Music at Cambridge University and studied the harp with Renata Scheffel-Stein. She continued her studies at the Royal Academy of Music where she won the coveted recital diploma. From 1991-2005 she taught at Trinity College of Music, London, latterly as Head of Harp, and in 2005 she became Head of Harp at the Guildhall School. Imogen has given masterclasses and workshops at the Szymanowski Academy in Poland, at the Espace Camac in Paris, the Norwegian Academy in Oslo, and for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, the Royal College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire and the Purcell School for Young Musicians. In 1994 she was made an honorary associate of the Royal Academy of Music 'for distinguished service to the music profession'. Imogen is much in demand as an examiner and adjudicator. She has been a jury member for International Competitions in Poland and Wales, and has sat on panels for the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition and the Royal Over-Seas League; examined for the Oslo Academy, The Hague Royal Conservatoire, Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Birmingham Conservatoire, and the Purcell School; been on the audition team for the Schleswig Holstein Festival Summer Academy and the National Youth Orchestra, and adjudicated numerous Music Festivals. Imogen is also a fully qualified teacher of the Alexander Technique.

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