Harpist – Number 1

About the Artist

One of the most exciting young harpists in Britain today. Her lively character and versatility as a musician result in her being in great demand.

She was born in Cardiff and began studying the harp at the age of six. She furthered her studies at Wells Cathedral Music School where she was the first harpist to obtain a scholarship as a specialist musician. In 1995, she was a National Eisteddfod winner and a recipient of the Nansi Richards Scholarship. Her studies continued at Cardiff University with Caryl Thomas where Amanda gained her BMus Hons Degree and LRSM.

She has appeared on British, Japanese and Sky television, played on various cruise ships and has performed for HRH Prince of Wales, Reverend Desmond Tutu and the Archbishop of Canterbury. She was accepted on to the late Lord Menuhin’s scheme ‘Live Music Now!’ in March 2000 and made her debut at the Purcell Rooms, London in 2002 and St Davids Hall, Cardiff, with Joanne Thomas in January 2003.

In 2004 she supported jazz artist Jamie Cullum where she was spotted by pop icon Dannii Minogue. In September 2006 Dannii invited Amanda to arrange and record her Christmas single ‘I’ll be home Home for Christmas’, which will be released in Australia.

She is at home playing a vast range of music – including traditional, classical, jazz or pop and is currently the resident harpist for The Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales where they are holding the Ryder Cup in 2010 as well as the televised All*Ryder Cup.

J S Bach – Jesu, Joy …
Debussy – Clair de Lune, Arabesque
Glinka – Variations on a theme
Llety’r Bugeil
Handel – Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Pachelbel – Canon in D
Purcell – Trumpet Voluntary
Schubert – Ave Maria
Vivaldi – The Four Seasons
Wagner – “Here Comes the Bride”

Or maybe something modern…
Eva Cassidy – Songbird / Over the Rainbow
Morrison – Have I told you lately
Clapton – Wonderful Tonight
When I fall in love

Something classical:
Albeniz – Sonata in D
Bach – Air on a G string,
Prelude no.1,Jesu, joy ..
Sheep may safely Graze
Beethoven – Fur Elise
Moonlight sonata
Bizet – Habañera from Carmen
Boccherini – Menuet
Borodin – Polovetsian Dance
Debussy – 1st Arabesque, Clair de Lune
Delibes – Flower Duet from Lakmé
Elgar – Chanson de matin
Fauré – Berceuse, Pavane
Glinka – Variations, Nocturne
Gounod/Bach – Ave Maria
Grieg – Morning from ‘Peer Gynt Suite’
Handel – Air from Water Music, Largo
MacDowell – To a Wild Rose
Massenet – Meditation from Thaïs
Mendelsohn – Wedding March
Offenbach – Bacarolle
Pachelbel – Canon in D
Puccini – O mio babbino caro, Nessun Dorma Saint-Saens – The Swan Satie-Gymnopédie Schubert-Ave Maria Tchaikovsky – various Vivaldi-The Four Seasons

Have I told you lately
When I fall in love
Stuck on you (other Lionel Richie)
Come away with me/ Don’t know why (Norah Jones) Wonderful tonight Chasing cars Coldplay selection

Hasselmans-La Source
Handel-Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Mendelssohn-Wedding March

Or for something a little different…..(a bit of folk or jazz to lift the mood):
Joplin – Black and White Rag
Jack Johnson – Better Together
Andy Williams – Can’t take my eyes off you, Come fly with me, It Had to be you, Fly me to the moon
An Port Baghrach – Irish jig