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Alma

Alma is a multi-award-winning London based harpist – specialising in both solo harp performances and orchestral harp. She regularly plays for the likes of London Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Contemporary Orchestra and is also principal harpist in the London Electronic Orchestra. Regularly performing at high profile events, Alma has played for audiences ranging from HRH Prince of Wales to the Rolling Stones. Alma’s radio and TV appearances include performances for BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4, Classic FM, Russia Today TV, WNYC Radio and Kultura TV.

Videos

London Harpist | Alma | Soundtrack from Amelie
London Harpist | Alma | Falla Spanish Dance
London Harpist | Alma | Liszt Liebestraum
London Harpist | Alma | Paul Desmond // Take Five
London Harpist | Alma | Rachmaninov Prelude

Selected Songs

I. Albeniz
Cordoba, Malaguena, Asturias

I.S. Bach
Air on G string, Jesu Joy of man’s desiring, Arioso from Cantata BWV 156

I.S. Bach
Suite BWV 997; Suite BWV 996; Partita No 6 BWV 830

C.P. Bach
Sonata in G Major

L.V. Beethoven
Moonlight Sonata

G. Bizet
Entr’acte from Carmen; Minuet from l’Arlésienne

B. Britten
Suite for Harp; Ceremony of Carols

A. Caple
Divertissements

Elvis Presley
Can't help falling in love with you; Love is all around

John Williams
Schindler's List; Jurassic Park

Etta James
At Last

C. Debussy
Arabesque No.1 and No.2; En bateau; Reverie

C. Debussy
Suite Bergamasque (Prelude, Menuet, Clair de lune, Passepied)

Christina Perry
A Thousand Years

M. de Falla
Spanish Dance No 1

G. Faure
Impromptu No 6 op. 86; Sicilienne; Apres un reve; Pavane op.50

M. Glinka
Nocturne Separation,Concerto in B flat Major, The Lark

Paul Desmond
Take Five

G. Handel
The arrival of the Queen of Sheba; Passacaglia

P. Hindemith
Sonata for harp

F. Liszt
Lieberstraum; Un Sospiro

Queen
Somebody to love; Bohemian Rapsody

J. Massenet
Meditation from Thais

The Beatels
Here comes the sun; All you need is Love, Michelle, Hey Jude; Love me Do

Yann Tiersen
Comptine D' un Autre Ete; Les Jours Tristes

J. Pachelbel
Canon

The Rolling Stones
Angie; Satisfaction; Paint it Black

S. Rachmaninov
Vocalise; Italian Polka; Prelude No 9 op. 2

M. Ravel
Pavane pour une infante defunte; Introduction and Allegro

H. Renie
Legende; Danse des Lutins; Contemplation

Miles Davis
So What; All Blues

A. Rubinstein
Melody

C. Saint-Saëns
The Swan; Fantasy for harp

E. Satie
Gymnopedie

R. Schedrin
A la Albeniz

F. Schubert
Impromptu in B-flat Major; Impromptu in G-flat Major; Ave Maria

Testimonials

“Alma is an exceptional harpist with a fabulous technical ability, combined with wonderful musicianship”.
Rachel Masters, The Principal Harpist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra
“I've never heard a harpist play with such clarity like this before!”
Ronnie Wood, The Rolling Stones - after Alma's solo performance at a fundraising concert
"Thank you for your beautiful music Alma, you are a very talented young musician!"
HRH Prince Michael of Kent, Lancaster House
“I recently attended Alma’s recital at the Royal Academy of Arts, where her virtuosity was matched by immaculate presentation!”
Professor Colin Lawson, (CBE), Director of the Royal College of Music in London
“Alma was my student at the RCM for four years. She gained the ABRSM scholarship, which in itself is an achievement. As one of the strongest harp students we have had at the RCM, Valeria is an extremely accomplished harpist. Technically faultless her results from the RCM were some of the highest of a first class degree.
Ieuan Jones, The Head of the Harp Department at the Royal College of Music in London
"Harpist Alma stole the show for me with her consistently rhythmic arpeggios perfectly complimenting luscious chordal sections from the cello and violin."
Bristol Live Magazine, Bristol Live Magazine
“Dear Alma, Thank you so much for performing so wonderfully last night. I really meant it when I said that it was beyond perfect and I can’t tell you how very grateful I am to you for helping to make the event so incredibly special and memorable for our guests. It really was such a joy to listen to such a fabulous and professional performance, which was beyond anything I could have hoped for. It was so obvious how much the guests enjoyed listening to you, and I’m so pleased they all wanted to thank you personally afterwards! We run so many events here and they can sometimes all start to blend into one, but last night will always really stand out for be as one of the most special I’ve had the pleasure of working on”
Kyla Owen, National Gallery after Alma’s harp flute and viola recital at the National Gallery
"Dear Alma, I don't think I ever wrote to you to thank you and Luce and Hannah for the concert you gave to us on the 29th October. It was an unqualified success; the audience loved it, the Lifeboats made some good money and I think everyone enjoyed themselves. I have to say that the grace and beauty of the harpist was universally commented on! - also Luce's statuesque and beautiful playing. It was good of Hannah to fill in at the last moment and she completed an fine and unusual trio. Bringing Howard Blake was a brilliant stroke -it was a hit with the audience and he is a very nice man; I enjoyed talking to him I hope all goes well with your careers and I look forward to seeing your names in lights. Yours ever Christopher"
Christopher Thornhill, RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution
“…The engaging young soloists Alma [harp] and Luce Zurita [flutes] seemed to cope admirably with the level of virtuosity and musicality demanded of them – as did the SSO. I have to confess that the programmatic nature of the piece went from my head as soon as it started – thanks to the performers the music had its own logic. It’s pretty extraordinary that an orchestra drawn from really quite a narrow local community can provide players of a calibre both willing and able to take on challenging 21st century music and make it work so well. Incidentally it was good [and something to be encouraged] that the soloists followed recent trends and gave us a delightful Jacques Ibert encore after the concerto.”
John Hendry, Sevenoaks Symphony Orchestra
“Dear Alma, Thank you so much for your lovely playing at our reception on Tuesday. Our guests really enjoyed it, and the harp sounded so beautiful in the music room. I know Prince Michael really enjoyed meeting you too“
Debbie Butler, Communications and Marketing Manager at Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL)

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