Kirsty Whatley - HARPIST
11.Apr.2012 ... practising at the moment for a CD recording in late April with Ensemble Leones in Germany, focussing on the Renaissance composer Alexander Agricola.  Renaissance harp, lute, lots of fidels, a baritone and a cornetto.  Plus, a brand new piece composed for the ensemble by Fabrice Fitch ...

Please see below for Kirsty's biography, concert calendar and discography.
There's also a sound clip for anyone curious to hear the baroque harp ...


Kirsty trained initially at the University of Manchester, where she studied modern harp with Eira Lynn Jones, teacher at the Royal Northern College of Music and harpist with the Hallé. She worked for several years as a freelance harpist, playing with groups such as Moscow City Ballet, before engaging in postgraduate study at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Switzerland. There she specialised in historical harps, and now works predominantly as an “early” harpist. As such, she plays copies of harps that trace a history of the instrument across more than four centuries of European music, from the early 1700s back to the sophisticated music of the late-medieval period. For her, the excitement of these bygone times lies in the beauty of the instruments themselves and in the exploratory, research-based practice of breathing new life into them in modern performance.

Kirsty has and does work with the following groups: The Taverner Consort, Charivari Agréable, Le Basile, The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble, The Frolick, La Nuova Musica; and overseas with Tetraktys, Ensemble Leones, Chelycus, Ensemble Gilles Binchois, Stavanger Baroque, La Chapelle des Ducs de Savoie, Per Sonat and Le Miroir de Musique. She has worked for people such as Andrew Parrot, Kees Boeke, Carlos Mena, Dominique Vellard, Anthony Rooley, Evelyn Tubb and Robert Hollingworth and appeared at festivals in Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland and the UK. Kirsty also co-founded the baroque group In Echo with cornetto player Gawain Glenton.


8.Feb - Duruflé Requiem, Sherborne Abbey.

4.Mar - Barbara Strozzi (Chelycus & Alex Potter) Porrentruy, Switzerland.
9.Mar - Barbara Strozzi (Chelycus & Alex Potter) Zurich, Switzerland. Recorded by Swiss Radio DRS.
17.Mar - Monteverdi, Gabrieli, etc. (Sherborne Chamber Choir & ECSE) Sherborne Abbey.
24.Mar- Brough Requiem, Bath Abbey.

22.Apr- Agricola, (Leones), Binningen, Basel, Switzerland.  23-25 Apr - CD recording with Leones.

05.May - concert with Baptiste Romain, Elizabeth Rumsey & Tobie Miller, Parma, Italy.  07-10 May - CD recording with Baptiste Romain, 16th-century violin repertoire.
20.May - Poulenc Gloria, Wincanton, Dorset.

20.Jul- Orfeo (Taverner Consort) Herrencheimsee, Germany.  21-27 Jul - CD recording with Taverner Consort.

06-11.Aug- Huntly Summer School, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, including the infamous Tutor's Concert on 11.Aug, in the Gartly Tin Hut.
25.Aug - 'O Fratres et Sorores' (late medieval music from Friuli), (Per Sonat), Antwerp, Belgium.

04.Nov- Tetraktys, Copenhagen, Denmark.  01-03 Nov - CD recording with Tetraktys.


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  • LesFantaisies de Josquin, Ensemble Leones (Christophorus), 2011.
  • Codex Chantilly II, Tetraktys (Et'cetera/Olive Music), 2011.
  • Rogier: Missa 'Ego sum qui sum' and Motets, The Choir of King's College London & The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble (Hyperion), 2010.

Forthcoming CDs with: La Chapelle des Ducs de Savoie; Baptiste Romain; Ensemble Leones; Taverner Consort; and Tetraktys.

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