Catrin Finch

Described as “The Queen of Harps”, Catrin has delighted audiences with her performances in the UK and worldwide. Inspired to learn the harp at the age of five, her rise to prominence started almost immediately, achieving the highest mark in the UK for her Grade VIII exam at the age of nine. She studied with Elinor Bennett for eight years before entering the Purcell School. Catrin graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2002 where she studied with Skaila Kanga and received the Queen’s Award for the most outstanding student of her year.

 

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Catrin is the former Royal Harpist to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales. Holding the appointment from 2000-2004, she had the honour of reviving this ancient tradition last held in 1873. During her period as Royal Harpist she played regularly at the Royal Palaces and performed to Royalty from around the world.

Catrin’s recording of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations was released by Deutsche Grammophon in January 2009 and entered the UK Classical charts at number 1. In November 2012, Deutsche Grammophon released 'Blessing', a CD of music by John Rutter featuring Catrin Finch and Sinfonia Cymru.

2012 highlights include concerts in North Carolina, New York, Hong Kong and Australia, concertos with the European Union Chamber Orchestra, the BBC NOW, premieres of two new harp concertos written for her, a tour with Malian kora player, Toumani Diabaté and various recitals.

Known for her work within the community and with the younger generation, Catrin is committed to promoting the harp and classical music in general to a new and wider audience.