I am an orchestral, solo and chamber harpist based in Kent, also performing in Holland. I specialise in Contemporary and baroque.
Victoria Davies is an award-winning solo, chamber and orchestral harpist. She has worked in the UK, Thailand and the Netherlands, as well as touring across Europe and South-East Asia with orchestras and her own chamber groups. She studied in London at the Royal Academy of Music under Skaila Kanga, at Oxford University and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam under Erika Waardenburg. She has a particular affinity with choirs and the English choral tradition, having read Music at Christ Church, Oxford, and has performed and recorded extensively with the Cathedral Choir of Christ Church, under the direction of Stephen Darlington, and Magdalen College Choir, directed by Grayston Ives, for BBC TV and Radio, at concert halls in London and at the Aldeburgh Festival. She is twice winner of the London Harp Competition, won 1st prize at the Guy McGrath Harp competition at the RAM, and was nominated for and won the Harriet Cohen Award in 2005. Victoria has worked extensively with the Cathedral Choir of Christ Church, Oxford, with whom she has made 3 CDs. She has appeared with Christ Church choir in ‘Britten’s Children’, a BBC 2 documentary about Benjamin Britten’s music for boys’ voices; at St John’s Smith Square, the Aldeburgh Festival, and on BBC Radio 3’s ‘Choral Evensong’. As soloist, she has performed live on the BBC Radio 3 programme In Tune, presented by Sean Rafferty, and on Howard Goodall’s BBC Radio 2 programme. From January 2006-July 2007 Victoria was resident harp teacher at the Tamnak Prathom Harp School in Bangkok, Thailand, where she gave solo and chamber performances, and played with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra and Opera, including Bangkok Opera’s 2006 performance of Wagner’s ‘Das Rheingold’ (the first performance of a Wagner opera to be given in Thailand), and their 2007 tour to Vietnam for performances of Britten’s ‘Rape of Lucretia’. In February 2007 she recorded a CD of Asian and European contemporary harp duet music with the harpist Ema Mitarai, with whom she gave concerts in Japan and the UK in April 2007. Victoria was a participating artist in the 2007-08 and ’08-09 Countess of Munster recital scheme. While studying and living in the Netherlands she developed an interest in contemporary music and premiered works by composers such as Felipe Ignacio Noriega (winner of the Tromp composition prize and founder of Chamber Opera Amsterdam) at the November Music Festival in Den Bosch, and Anthony Leigh Dunstan, founder of the Smaakt Naar Muziek concert series. She has also toured regularly with the Bach Orchestra of the Netherlands and also with the Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht, Amsterdam Sinfonietta and recently with the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, at the Opera Comique, Berlioz Festival and BBC Proms, on 19th century Erard harps. She continues to perform contemporary chamber music with choirs and ensembles in the UK and the Netherlands, and is increasingly pursuing multimedia projects with costume design, storytelling and theatre.
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