Rhian Hanson                     Harpist

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Rhian is originally from the Rhondda Valley in South Wales and has recently relocated to Northern Ireland with her husband who has a position with the Ulster Orchestra. Rhian regularly plays with the UK’s leading orchestras, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English National Opera and Birmingham Royal Ballet, and was associate harpist to the West End musical My Fair Lady. She also regularly plays with the Ulster Orchestra, and performed this year at the orchestra’s concert at the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, and the Last Night of the Proms on the Titanic Slipway. Rhian recently made her concerto debut playing the Debussy Dances with Milton Keynes City Orchestra, and later that year with Southbank Sinfonia at the Cheltenham Festival. Her chamber music recital experience includes the Cheltenham, Brighton, Canterbury and Oundle Festivals.


Rhian is a graduate harpist of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and received a scholarship to study for her postgraduate diploma at Trinity College of Music, for which she received a distinction. A frequent prize winner in her early music career, prizes include second prize in the Junior World Harp Contest in 1994, the Nansi Richards Scholarship and runner-up in the Blue Ribbon Prize at the National Eisteddfod in 1998. Rhian is also a beneficiary of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, The Clothworker’s Foundation, The Grace Williams Memorial Trust and the Craxton Memorial Trust.


Rhian’s popular classical experience includes a national tour with Il Divo and Katherine Jenkins, and her TV credits to date include the Jonathan Ross Christmas Special, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, and Channel 4’s Jewish Mum of the Year. Rhian’s harp playing can be heard on Laura Mvula, Jonathan Antoine and Chris Moyles’ albums.