Welsh harpist, Eira Lynn Jones, combines performing with a teaching career based in Manchester. Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, New York brought her numerous awards, including the Guinness Foundation Scholarship, an ISM Young Performer Award and a Welsh Arts Council Scholarship.
She was Principal Harpist with the Northern Ballet Theatre Orchestra for six years, touring extensively with them. As a freelance harpist, she now performs with the Hallé Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic, amongst others, and has appeared in concerts at the Hollywood Bowl in LA, the London Proms, tours to Europe, USA and Japan and numerous orchestral recordings. She is a member of the Aeolian flute and harp duo, has recorded a CD of Music for Organ and Harp and has premièred several new works for harp.
As a soloist, she is regularly heard on the Daily Service and recently accompanied Aled Jones on Songs of Praise. She was seen by 16 million people, appearing in two episodes of Coronation Street, when she played for the wedding of Steve and Karen MacDonald.
Eira is also a dedicated teacher, being Head of Harp Studies at both Chetham’s School of Music and the RNCM. She has developed two flourishing harp departments, and her enthusiasm has seen a renewed interest in harp playing around the North West region.
Her playing has not only taken her all over the world, but it has led to invitations to perform in unusual settings. She has played on a heavy metal CD, flown to Spain for a private function for the Prince of Wales, and even played at the top of the Empire State Building.
Recent work includes the release of Eira's first solo CD "…from within", a recital and master class at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival, a 5 day teaching residency in Greece, appearing at the European Harp Symposium in Cardiff and directing 20 harps at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.
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