Anita Aslin is a modern harpist with superb talent
covering a wide range of music types and occasions.
A Harp not only looks impressive at your special event, it’s beautiful
to listen to. Anita has the ability to play most types of music whether Classical,
Broadway, Show-time, Movie Themes, Ballads, Standards, Folk Tunes and a
few overseas pieces to
give your occasion that very impressive edge.
With a vast repertoire, a sample of which is available on request, Anita
is without doubt one of the most talented musicians in the North East of
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 Austria, France,
Spain, Belgium and Germany 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 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 she had been especially asked to coach the harps in the
National Children’s Orchestra.
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 (December 1993
and May 1999) and Tonight (Tyne Tees Television) February 1996 and April
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,
Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra, Guildhall Barbican Orchestra of
York, English Northern Philharmonia (the orchestra of Opera North) Carl
Rosa Opera (longest established opera company in the UK)
and all the many local Choral Societies and Choirs.
Anita owns a small Salvi Renaissance Harp but more often performs on her
Lyon & Healy Concert Grand Harp.
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