Originally from South Shields in the North East of England, Rebecca was initially inspired by Harpo Marx in the 1930’s black & white movies and went on to follow her dream to become a professional harpist. A highlight for Rebecca’s career so far was performing for the 60th Birthday celebrations for HRH the Prince of Wales at The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.
Rebecca is available as a soloist for harp recitals, private functions, special occasions, Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies, funerals, christenings, conferences, orchestral concerts and all weddings. She can play indoors and outdoor (weather permitting) and is happy to travel to your event throughout the UK and even abroad!
Repertoire can also be tailored to suit all styles and a particular piece of music you require can be arranged for you at a small cost. Rebecca can also offer musical advice and suggestions for wedding ceremonies on suitable music for the entrance, the signing of the register and the exit.
At the age of 13, Rebecca’s harp-journey began with a 34 string pilgrim lever harp and lessons from Janet Bennett in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Two years later Rebecca moved to Manchester to study pedal harp at Chetham’s School of Music with Eira Lynn Jones, who remained her teacher for the following seven years when Rebecca was awarded a place at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2006.
Whilst a student at the RNCM she played for all the college orchestras and toured Europe with the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. In November 2007 Rebecca performed at the Huddersfield International Contemporary Music Festival as part of a concert of pieces for 20 harps and a few years later the group performed at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead with a special concert of music by John Cage.
Lately Rebecca’s musical journey has taken her away form the UK as she now spends most of the year sailing the high seas as a soloist and resident harpist on the CUNARD Queen Elizabeth cruise ship. Rebecca has always loved to travel (especially by sea) and by playing the harp and seeing the world, she is achieving both dreams simultaneously. Since setting sail from Southampton in 2011 on her first voyage as harpist on Queen Mary 2 she has been ‘collecting her countries’ and the total is now over 60!
Rebecca was brilliant, very professional and extremely talented, a pleasure to work with.
Victoria Lauder, Head of Operations, JC Events
Your music during the service was lovely and just what we wanted, so thank you very much for coming and sharing it with us and for finding the arrangements we wanted too.
Jennifer & Jeremy Curtis
Just got home after a lovely twelve days on the Queen Elizabeth. Thank you for you wonderful renditions on the harp. They were most enjoyable and quite exquisite. I do hope that we have the chance to hear you again on some future voyage.
Rebecca made our evenings worthwhile – lovely music & a lovely girl – Thank You!
Elayne and Derek McDonald
I was lucky enough to have Rebecca as my Harpist at my wedding in 2012. She did an amazing job. She helped me with my choice of music as I had a few tracks in mind, arrived promptly on the day and wonderfully. The guests thought she was great. I would wholeheartedly recommend her for a beautiful occasion!
What a delight to meet you and listen to your wonderful harp music on Friday night in! Your musicianship is peerless, and your sensitivity in playing was a privilege to witness; thank you so much for bestowing your gifts on us.