Since their formation in 2000, 4 Girls 4 Harps have been heard in numerous venues and festivals in the UK and across Europe, delighting audiences with their dynamic performances and innovative repertoire.
The quartet has featured on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune, BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night, BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, Classic FM, and Welsh television channel, S4C. They have performed at The World Harp Congress in Dublin, The Fairfield Halls, St George's, Bristol, Champs Hill, and at London’s King’s Place.
4 Girls 4 Harps' debut album, ‘Fireworks and Fables’, was released in 2009 showcasing their own arrangements of impressionist works by Ravel and Saint-Saëns, as well as new works by the group's own composers Harriet Adie and Eleanor Turner. Well received by critics, it led to broadcasts on national and international radio.
December 2013 heralded the release of the group's second album, '4 Girls 4 Harps at Christmas', an ambitious project which included a fourteen date concert tour of venues in London and the South-East. Described by the Sunday Express as 'putting the harp back into the heart of Christmas' the album was also favourably reviewed by BBC Music Magazine who wrote ‘Ensemble is watertight and there is a real rhythmic élan to the playing which keeps you listening’.
2015 saw the ensemble celebrate their 15th anniversary as a group. Alongside a full concert diary, they marked this milestone by premiering an exciting new commission, Tetra, composed by four female British composers. The commission was generously funded by the PRS for Music Foundation’s: Women Make Music programme, The Ambache Trust and RV Williams Trust. In addition, they also founded the British Harp Chamber Music Competition (the only competition of its kind in the UK) to encourage other young harpists to perform chamber music and to champion the harp in a chamber music setting.
Not a group to rest on their laurels, the previous 12 months provided several interesting opportunities for the ensemble. The year started with a bang following a BBC video of their performance of Shostakovich's famous Waltz No.2 going 'viral' counting over 6 million views across the world to date! The quartet was also delighted to have recorded a new CD 'Dance' with Dutch label STS Digital, released in early 2018 and featuring an energetic mix of dances by different composers. In March 2018 they celebrated the CD's release by performing a short set of music from the album in a live performance for Classic FM.
Looking ahead to 2019 and beyond, there are exciting plans afoot for another UK tour and celebrations to mark 20 years as an ensemble!