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Imogen Ridge

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About Imogen Ridge

Dynamic London, Cambridge, Essex and Suffolk based professional harpist
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Greater London
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Imogen graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2021 with a First Class Honours Degree, where she studied harp with Professors Daphne Boden, Stephen Fitzpatrick and Ieuan Jones as an RCM Scholar. Previously she studied with Miriam Keogh, Head of harp at The Junior Royal Academy of Music. Imogen is a member of Eddie Parker’s contemporary jazz group, the Debussy Mirrored Ensemble which performed at multiple venues throughout 2018, including the Cheltenham festival and the Purcell Room, which was broadcast by BBC Radio 3. She also performed at the launch of their first CD in September 2019. She has collaborated with the world renowned, Grammy award winning pop artist Imogen Heap and features on her albums, Sparks and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. She is a member of the Britten Pears Orchestra and has played with the Royal College of Music Symphony, Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras, the Chelsea Opera Group, the London International Orchestra and Bath Festival Orchestra amongst others. In 2021 Imogen was selected to take part in the BBCSO Pathways Scheme, mentored by Louise Martin. She has performed for HRH King Charles III at Windsor Castle, performing with soloists Sir Thomas Allen and Dame Sarah Conolly. As a member of the BPO she played at the Royal Festival Hall and at Aldeburgh Music’s Snape Maltings Concert Hall, conducted by Marin Alsop in 2017, in Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony at the Snape Proms, conducted by Semyon Bychkov in 2016, and in 2011, conducted by Edward Gardner. She has also had the opportunity to work with conductors such as Bernard Haitink, John Wilson, Howard Williams, Jessica Cottis, Sian Edwards and Jac van Steen to name a few. Imogen has also performed at festivals such as Latitude and the London Jazz Festival. Imogen enjoys performing for a wide variety of events, recitals and weddings and has travelled performing across Europe. She has performed for HRH King Charles III, the Duke of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and many well respected companies such as the Wax Chandlers Livery Company. Imogen regularly performs for London’s top weddings and events companies. As a soloist Imogen has performed in venues such as The House of Lords, The British Museum, St Peter’s Notting Hill, Munster Square, London, Guildhall City of London, the Royal College of Music, Snape Maltings and Great St Mary’s Church, Cambridge. Imogen also enjoys working in music education inspiring children of all ages. She has experience in a diverse range of roles including private harp teaching, regularly teaching at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, including coaching their orchestras and chamber groups, leading and presenting creative musical workshops in schools, tutoring at unique and innovative institutions such as Aldeburgh Young Musicians and Britten Pears Arts and working for the Tri-borough Music Hub. Imogen has also presented for TV and at venues such as the Royal Opera House. Imogen is an Aldeburgh Young Musician alumnus, member of AYM’s Exchanging World’s Ensemble, Britten Sinfonia Academy founding member and alumnus and was a Concordia Young Artist. She was awarded the prestigious Ganzoni Bursary by Aldeburgh Music in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the AYM Programme. She has performed in masterclasses with Gwyneth Wentink, Claire Jones, Marisa Robles, Anneleen Lenaerts, Jana Boušková, Stephen Fitzpatrick, Cathy White and David Watkins. She has been mentored by Jana Boušková, Eleanor Turner and Royal Harpist Hannah Stone. In 2016, Imogen was selected to study in Switzerland at Harpmasters with Karen Vaughn (RAM) and Irina Zingg (Civica di Scuola Musica Claudio Abbado, Milan).

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Genres:
Classical, Christmas, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, Folk, Jazz, Modern jazz, Easy listening, Experimental, Light music, Originals, Noise music, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Covers, Tribute, Pop rock, World music
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Lyricist, Songwriter, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

(Please note this is only a selection of repertoire and Imogen is able to accept any requests so if your chosen songs are not on this list, please inform her and she will be able to perform these for you)
Popular Music includes…
All of Me- John Legend
Thinking Out Loud- Ed Sheeran
Perfect – Ed Sheeran
A Thousand Years- Christina Perri
Make you feel my love- Adele
Easy on me – Adele
When we were young – Adele
Can’t help falling in love with you – Elvis Presley
Marry You – Bruno Mars
Count on me – Bruno Mars
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
Stairway to Heaven - Jimmy Page/Robert Plant
Moon River - Henry Mancini
Yellow - Coldplay
Clocks- Coldplay
All coming back to me now - Celine Dion
Over The Rainbow (From The Wizard of Oz)
Rainrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head - B. Bacharach
Send In The Clowns - S. Sondheim
Danny Boy
Scarborough Fair
O’er the Sea to Skye
Your Song – Elton John
Film music includes....
Glasgow Theme from Love Actually
Bacony Scene from Romeo and Juliet
I want to spend my lifetime loving you from The Mask of Zorro
Music from Pride and Prejudice - D. Marianelli
The Ludlows from Legends of the Fall
Can you feel the love tonight from The Lion King
Go the Distance from Hercules
Love will find a way from The Lion King 2
A whole new world from Aladdin
There can be miracles from The Prince of Egypt
Classical Harp Music includes…
Rhapsodie – M. Grandjany
Piéce de Concert – Büsser
The Moldau – F. Smetana tr. Hans Trnecek
Valse pour harpe – Jongen
Impromptu Caprice – G. Pierné
Fantasie sur un theme de J. Haydn
Air with variations and Rondo Pastorale – Mozart, arr. John Thomas
Variations on a theme of Mozart – M. Glinka
Vers la source dans le bois – M. Tournier
Etude de Concert (Au Matin) – M. Tournier
Golden Moments – David Snell
Tango – Carlos Salzedo
Quatre Preludes (I, III and IV) – M. Tournier
Clair de Lune sur l’etang du Parc – M. Tournier
Au Bord du Ruisseau – H. Renié
(N.B. The previously listed under ‘classical harp’ are suitable for both background music and recital performances however, the following classical harp pieces listed are suited to recital/solo performances only and not background music)
Piéce Symphonique – H. Renié
Etude de Concert – F. Godefroid
Fantasy on Tchaikovsky’s Opera ‘The Queen of Spades’ – V. Kikta
Pour le tombeau d’Orphee – M. Flothuis
Suite for Harp – Britten
Improvisations for Harp – W. Mathias
Sarabanda – N. Rota
Popular Classical includes…
The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – G.F. Handel
Canon in D – Pachelbel
Intermezzo (from Cavalleria Rusticana) – Mascagni
Wedding March – Mendelssohn
Flower Duet (from Lakme) – Delibes
Morning (from Peer Gynt) – Grieg
Duet (from The Pearlfishers) – Bizet
Consolation No. 3 in Db - Liszt
Menuet in G – C P E Bach
Fur Elise – Beethoven
Moonlight Sonata – Beethoven
Ode to Joy (section of piece) – Beethoven
Sonatina – Beethoven
Polovtsian Dance – Borodin
Ave Maria – Schubert
Lullaby – Brahms
Clair De Lune – Debussy
Pavane – Faure
Dance of the Spirits – Gluck
Jupiter (from The Planets) – Holst
On the Wings of Song – Mendelssohn
Minuet (from Don Giovanni) – Mozart
Barcarolle – Offenbach
Musetta’s Waltz – Puccini
O, My Beloved Father – Puccini
Choral – Schumann
Melodie – Schumann
Blue Danube – Strauss
La Donna E Mobile – Verdi
Skater’s Waltz - Waldteufel
Jazz/American pop includes…
The Man I Love – Gershwin
Lady be good – Gershwin
Someone to watch over me – Gershwin
Prelude No. 2 – Gershwin
Can’t help lovin’ dat man – Kern
American in Paris and Rhapsody in Blue – Gershwin
But not for me – Gershwin
As time goes by – Gershwin
Where or when – Richard Rodgers
Love walked in – Gershwin
My Funny Valentine – Richard Rodgers
Falling in love – Richard Rodgers
Bewitched – Richard Rodgers
They were you – H. Schmidt
C’est Magnifique – Cole Porter
Try to remember – H. Schmidt
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Reviews

From customers:

VJ
Viscount E
2 years ago

Imogen amazing from start to finish. A true professional and one of the best events we have ever held thanks to her. Strongly recommend.

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Timothy L
2 years ago

Imogen’s playing was sublime and added beautifully to the atmosphere of the evening.