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Anne Denholm

Originally from South West Wales and of Scottish heritage, Anne Denholm is one of Britain’s leading young harpists, and is Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales.

Photograph of Anne Denholm (Timothy Ellis Photography)Anne received her Master’s from the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) in London with distinction, graduating with the Renata Scheffel-Stein Harp Prize, the Sir Reginald Thatcher Prize, and a Regency Award for notable achievement. Whilst at the RAM, she was the first ever harpist to win the historic RAM Club Prize, and was twice winner of the Skaila Kanga Harp Prize. In July 2015 she was appointed Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales, the fifth artist to hold this position since its reinstatement in 2000.

Anne underwent a British musical upbringing, studying at the Junior Department of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, the Purcell School, Cambridge University and the RAM. However, she has inherited rich traditions from the French and Russian schools of harp playing through her studies with Charlotte Seale and Karen Vaughan, respectively. She has won numerous prizes in local, national and international competitions, including second place in the Wales International Harp Festival 2014 and reaching the string category finals of the BBC Young Musician in 2010.


Anne is increasingly in demand as an interpreter and performer of new music; she has been recording and premiering new works for solo harp since 2006, and in 2013 worked with Sally Beamish on a video project of her work, ‘Awuya’. She is a founding member of contemporary experimental quartet, The Hermes Experiment, who are Park Lane Group Young Artists for 2015-16, 2014 UK Young Artists and winners of Nonclassical’s ‘Battle of the Bands’ 2014. She has also hugely enjoyed working with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group over the last few months.

In the orchestral sphere, Anne has most recently worked with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, and is harpist for this year’s London Philharmonic Orchestra ‘Foyle Future Firsts’ scheme.