Clouds Harp Quartet


CLOUDS Harp Quartet has been making new music together for the past ten years. The quartet started as four friends from music college learning a new piece together written by CLOUDS member Esther Swift (what would later become their first CD) and has now grown into one of the most respected and ground-breaking harp ensembles in the UK.

Since their college days they have released three CDs of original works – Clouds, Water, and Golden Light. The Summer of 2018 saw them record their fourth album of new music, which is due for release in May 2019.

CLOUDS harp quartet’s music is written by Esther Swift and draws much from her background in folk music and improvisation. Esther was recently commissioned by Irwin Mitchell and the Manchester Jazz Festival to compose a brand new piece for the 2018 festival. The resulting work, Light Gatherer, has achieved outstanding reviews and more performances are in the pipeline.

CLOUDS have toured extensively around the UK to promote their CDs, and tour venues have included the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, St. Giles Cathedral, Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh and Whitechapel Art Gallery, London.

Whilst studying at the RNCM they performed together in a number of exciting venues including Huddersfield contemporary Music Festival in 2007 where they premièred ‘Anthill’ by Catherine Kontz; a concert celebrating John Cage’s music in The Baltic, Gateshead and a concert under the dinosaur in the Natural History Museum in London.

As individuals, all four are established as soloists, chamber and orchestral musicians: including performances at Cadogan Hall, Barbican and Royal Albert Hall, London and St.Davids Hall, Cardiff.

They have been involved in various orchestras including the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, RNCM Symphony Orchestra, Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and Ορχήστρα των Χρωμάτων (Athens).

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