About Me

Hilary playing the harp

A question I am often asked is why I chose harp.

To this day I can remember staring at the radio, transfixed by the magical sounds of a piece being played by Marisa Robles (a world-renowned harpist, who greatly encouraged my training as a student). I then began to systematically beg my parents - in true, child-like terms - to allow me to take up lessons. Who, at the tender age of 10, considers the cost of a harp, the large car required, or the cost of lessons? However, a small pedal harp was discovered, lurking, dusty, in the back of a storeroom at my local music centre. It was meant to be!

I have been lucky enough to be taught by some of the country's most renowned teachers. My serious training began at the Royal College of Music, Junior Department with Daphne Boden. During this time I became a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain touring both this country and abroad, culminating with a performance at the Proms. I completed my studies with David Watkins at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

My professional work has taken me to most of this country's major concert venues with such companies as the English Touring Opera, Bolshoi Ballet, Ballet Rambert, and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Freelance work in London's West End has included performances in South Pacific, Oliver, My Fair Lady and, currently, The Phantom of the Opera. I have performed as a soloist on both television and radio.

I have played extensively for weddings and functions and have entertained many members of the Royal Family, including the Queen, as well as various Prime Ministers.