Harpist - Anita Aslin
Anita Aslin is a modern harpist with superb talent
covering a wide range of music types and
Anita Aslin is a modern harpist with superb talent covering a wide range of music types andoccasions.
A Profile of Anita Aslin
A native of Great Ayton, Anita began playing the harp at the age of 9 with Dorothy Gilbertson, commuting to Harrogate for weekly lessons. She made her BBC debut in 1982, at the tender age of 10.
Invitations then followed to perform at the Gulbenkian Theatre (Newcastle), Winyard Hall, Bowes Museum and at various other venues in the North East. Winner of Young Musician of Teesside in 1986, she became a member of the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra.
Subsequently she joined the Cleveland Youth Orchestra and has toured Europe with them.
She graduated in July 1995 with a BMus (Hons) Degree after studying at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with teachers; Professor David Watkins, Charlotte Seale and Helen Tunstall. During her course she was also a member of the Young Musicians' Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
Some of the highlights whilst studying were playing for BBC Television's 'Christmas Presence' (Dec. 1993) starring Sir Cliff Richard and also performing in Benjamin Britten's 'War Requiem' at St Paul's Cathedral under the baton of Sir Richard Hickox. In May 1995 she was privileged to play at the VE Day Royal Banquet at the Guild Hall at which were present members of the Royal family and 50 Heads of State.
In August 1996, Anita was Harp tutor for the National Children's Orchestra (11yrs and under).
In February 1997, she was honoured to form part of the orchestra backing for Opera singer Lesley Garrett. Later that year, in May, Anita released her first public recording 'Harping On' under the label of Huntcliffe Recording Services.
Television credits include appearances in Songs of Praise (Dec. '93 and May '99), Tonight (Tyne Tees Television, Feb. '96) and Look North (BBC Newcastle, April '00 and July '01).
In June 2000, Anita played for HRH the Prince of Wales during a visit to Sir William Turner's Almshouses at Kirkleatham.
At present Anita is engaged in both freelance work and teaching, she has achieved a great reputation as a harpist in the North East playing with Cleveland Chamber and Philharmonic, Cleveland Youth Opera, Northern Junior Philharmonic Orchestra, Durham Sinfonia, City of Leeds Sinfonia, Leeds Youth Opera, Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra, Guildhall Barbican Orchestra of York, English Northern Philharmonia (the orchestra of Opera North), Carl Rosa Opera Orchestra
(Britain's oldest opera company), Manchester Camerata, Northern Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Sinfonia Viva and all the many local Choral Societies and Choirs.
Anita owns a small Salvi Renaissance lever harp but more often performs on her Lyon & Healy Concert Grand pedal harp.
In her spare time, Anita enjoys learning British Sign Language Stage 2.
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