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Glastonbury Festival 2017

Glastonbury Festival 2017

Olivia is a professional harpist based in London. She has played at all of London’s major concert venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and the O2 Arena. After studying at the University of Manchester, Olivia graduated with a Masters degree from the Royal Academy of Music in 2013 and was a recipient of a Martin Musical Scholarship from the Philharmonia Orchestra.  

Following the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s competitive Foyle Future Firsts scheme, she has gone on to play with the UK’s major orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Sinfonia Cymru, Ballet Rambert, London Philharmonic Orchestra and The Hallé.

In 2016, Olivia held the coveted harp chair in the West End run of Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds at the Dominion Theatre. She also played in the last two UK arena tours with the show in 2014 and 2018. She has played at Glastonbury Festival in an orchestral tribute to David Bowie and at Montreux Festival with Max Richter and the 12 Ensemble.

In 2017, Olivia’s harp-writing resource 15 second harp was shortlisted for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award. The RPS awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, are the highest recognition for live classical music in the UK. That year Olivia also founded Bach’n Eggs, London’s first series of classical music brunch concerts, which is regularly listed as one of London’s top pop-up events.

Last year Olivia co-founded the podcast Musicians' Weekend: conversations and interviews about life in the classical music world.

Olivia has played live on BBC Radio 3 a number of times including for the launch of BBC Sounds in 2018, where she played in a pod on the London Eye!

Most recently she has played at Glyndebourne Opera with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightment and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. She is looking forward to making her Wigmore Hall debut in three concerts in their 19/20 season, including Britten’s Ceremony of Carols with Tenebrae and Britten’s Canticle V with tenor Allan Clayton.

Every year Olivia plays at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships: entertaining the guests of the Royal Box before and after the women’s and men’s finals.

Olivia records remote sessions regularly from her home studio. She also teaches privately in London, Surrey and through Bromley Youth Music Trust.

 
Wimbledon Tennis Championships 2019

Wimbledon Tennis Championships 2019