Elizabeth Bass

Sunday, 20th September 2020 – 3pm
Crediton Parish Church

Elizabeth Bass

Elizabeth Bass is one of the leading British harpists of her generation and in 2016 became the first British person to reach the final of the prestigious USA International Harp Competition in Bloomington, Indiana and was awarded the Silver Medal. Other international and national awards include first prize in the 2014 Camac Harp Competition and an international Lyon & Healy Award in 2013. At the Royal Academy of Music Elizabeth was also winner of the Skaila Kanga Harp Prize and was awarded the Lady Theodore Holland Prize after her Final Recital. Elizabeth studied with Skaila Kanga at the RAM and then privately in Helsinki with Sivan Magen, international soloist, chamber musician and Principal Harp at the Finnish Radio Orchestra.

Elizabeth freelances as an orchestral and ensemble player throughout the UK and has performed with the BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Britten Sinfonia, Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique and for recording sessions at Abbey Road and Air Studios. She has performed at venues including Vienna’s Musikverein, New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie, London’s Royal Albert Hall and has performed for radio and live television broadcasts. Elizabeth has a keen interest in Contemporary music and has also worked with dedicated contemporary ensembles including the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Lontano.

As a soloist Elizabeth has been invited to perform recitals for many Concert Societies and Festivals across the UK and has performed as a soloist at the Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham’s Town Hall, St. John’s, Smith Square and the David Josefovitz Recital Hall at the Royal Academy of Music. Elizabeth is a Live Music Now artist, a scheme founded by the legendary violinist, Yehudi Menuhin, which seeks to bring high quality music to those who might otherwise never experience live music. Elizabeth is also currently an artist on the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme and regularly takes bookings for major festivals in the UK both as a soloist and chamber musician.

Elizabeth enjoys teaching and has tutored in a variety of settings including on residential courses for the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain, for classes and workshops in collaboration with leading higher education institutions such as King’s College, London and as a private teacher in and around her home in North East London.