Harriet Adie

Harriet’s introduction to the harp was far from conventional: she first began lessons in Oman in the Middle East, where fishing wire proved a suitable replacement for any broken harp strings! 3000 miles later, she was awarded a place at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music under the tutelage of Daphne Boden. This was followed by reading Music at Balliol College, Oxford where she was an Instrumental Exhibitioner. Harriet then completed her studies with Imogen Barford at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, supported by awards from the Musician’s Benevolent Fund, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, and the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund.

An accomplished chamber musician, Harriet is a founding member of the internationally recognized ensemble 4 Girls 4 Harps, whose music has been broadcast on Classic FM, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4, as well as across the world as far as Australia and the USA.

Alongside her career as a professional harpist, Harriet is also a composer whose compositions and arrangements have been broadcast on Classic FM and BBC Radio 3 in the UK, and for radio stations across the world.

In addition to writing a groundbreaking series of sight reading books, Harriet is in demand internationally as an arranger and composer of music for harp students. Some of the ensembles to perform her works include The National Youth Harp Orchestra of Great Britain, The Australian Harp Quartet, The Royal Academy of Music Harp Ensemble and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Harp Ensemble.