Katya

“The Events Team at the University of Cambridge Development Office has worked with Katya on a number of occasions. It has always been a pleasure working with Katya; her music, coupled with her professionalism has been hugely appreciated by our guests and has fitted in very well with the type of events we organise.”
– Mignon Bout

Katya is one of the few harpists in the UK who plays both a full-size concert harp, and a small strap-on electric harp. She has just returned from Boston, where she was doing a 5-month Jazz Residency with Deborah Henson-Conant, the world’s foremost electric harpist.

Tum Balalika

Harp Demo Audio Bach New Blues

Harp Demo Audio Black Orpheus

Katya has performed internationally and at many prestigious venues in the UK including St John’s Smith Square, the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican Centre (and the Barbican Art Gallery where she played as part of an installation for their Seduced exhibition in 2008), LSO St. Luke’s and the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. Katya has performed at the House of Lords, in the company of Prince Charles at St. James’ Palace and for HRH the Duke of Edinburgh at the Senate House in Cambridge. She performed at George Best’s Memorial Service at Manchester Cathedral, and for George Martin’s Birthday Celebration at GSMD. Katya has enjoyed much collaboration with various solo instrumentalists, chamber groups, orchestras, singers and beatboxers.

Since 2008, Katya has been performing regularly with Classical and Jazz singer, Phoebe Haines. Katya and Phoebe offer a diverse and flexible assortment of laidback, sweet and sultry tunes, ranging in style from classical, folk and showtunes, to ambient jazz and bossa-nova beats. Katya and Phoebe have performed at over two hundred events, including twenty-five May Balls, in the space of three years. They have performed at The House of Lords; in the Bloomsbury Ballrooms; and for the launch of Vivienne Westwood’s Manifesto. She also plays in a Cello and Harp Duo with her sister, Rebecca Herman, who is currently finishing her Masters at the Royal Academy of Music:

“If you want to add a touch of class to your special occasion, I would highly recommend these two wonderful musicians. Proficient from start to finish, I dare you to find more accomodating and accomplished professionals than these two. Ten out of ten!”
– Nicky & Daniel

Katya studied the harp with Eira Lynn Jones at Chetham’s School of Music, in Manchester. She spent her early years training as a junior at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, under the guidance of Charlotte Seale, where she was later offered a scholarship to pursue fulltime studies. She has played in masterclasses with Helga Stork, Kathleen Bride, Andrew Lawrence-Jones, Park Stickney, Evelyn Huber and Elinor Bennett among others.

Katya graduated from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 2011. During her three years at Cambridge, Katya played principal harp for the Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra, the City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra and variously for Jesus, Trinity, Clare, Queens, Pembroke and Kings College Music Societies. She also premiered a work for harp, clarinet and contemporary dancers as part of Professor Robin Kirkpatrick’s Dante Project, which was called back for a second performance series in 2010, due to popular demand. Katya played principal harp for the Cambridge University Opera Society in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, in 2009, and in Debussy’s Pelleas and Melisande, in 2010. She also played for the award winning Shadwell Society in their production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream both in Cambridge and at the Edinburgh Festival. In 2010 Katya joined The Staircase Band, providers of whirling gypsy hurly-burly, Balkan beats and Klezmer.

Client Comment
“If you want to add a touch of class to your special occasion, I would highly recommend these two wonderful musicians. Proficient from start to finish, I dare you to find more accomodating and accomplished professionals than these two. Ten out of ten!”
Nicky & Daniel

Repertoire List
Classical & Wedding
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – George Handel
Spring & Winter from ‘The Four Seasons’ – Antonio Vivaldi
Bridal March from ‘Lohengrin’ – Richard Wagner
Wedding March – Felix Mendelssohn
Ten Préludes – J.S. Bach

“Sarabande” from Violin Partita No. 1 – J.S. Bach
Air & Hornpipe from ‘Water Music’ – George Handel
Amarilli Mia Bella – Giulio Caccini
Angelus (from Feuillets d’Album) – Henri Renié
Ave Maria – Bach/Gounod
Ave Maria – Franz Schubert
Barcarolle – Marcel Grandjany
Berceuse Russe – Marcel Tournier
Canon in D – Pachelbel
Chanson dans la nuit – Carlos Salzedo
Come Again, Sweet Love – John Dowland
Equisse (from Feuillets d’Album) – Henri Renié
Flow my Tears – John Dowland
Gymnopedie No. 1 – Eric Satie
Harp Concerto in B-flat – George Handel
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – J.S. Bach
Minuet in G Major – J.S. Bach
O Mio Babbino Caro – Giacomo Puccini
Pavane and Variations – Antonio de Cabe
Recuerdos de Viaje – I. Albéniz
Rest, Sweet Nymphs – Francis Pilkington
Reverie – Alphonse Hasselsmans
Sonatina – Sergiu Natra
Suite for Harp – Benjamin Britten
The Minstrel’s Adieu to his Native Land – John Thomas

Jazz / Pop
‘Married Life’ – the Theme from Pixar’s ‘Up’
A Time for Us (Love Theme from the Paramount
Alice in Wonderland – Fain/Hilliard
Annie’s Song – John Denver
As Time Goes By – Hupfield
Autumn Leaves – Johnny Mercer
Black Orpheus – Louis Bonfi
Blue Bossa
But Not for Me – George Gershwin
Days of Wine and Roses
Fields of Gold – Sting
How High the Moon
If – David Gates
It Had to Be You – Isham Jones
Killer Joe – Benny Golson
Kissing You – Des’ree
La Mer – Charles Trenet (Beyond the Sea)
Misty – Garner
My Romance
New Blues – Deborah Henson-Conant
Over The Rainbow
Picture Romeo and Juliet) – Nino Rota
Samba de Orfeo
Send in the Clowns – Sondheim
Songbird – Eva Cassidy
Summertime – Gershwin
There Will Never be Another You – Warren/Gordon

Traditional/Folk
Adon Olam – Uzi Chitman
All The Pretty Little Horses – Southeastern American Lullaby
Danny Boy – trad. Ireland
Donna Donna – trad. Yiddish
Down by the Salley Gardens – trad. Ireland
Glenlivet – trad. Scotland
Greensleeves – trad. English
I Love my Love in the Morning – trad. Ireland arr. Kim Robertson
Mi Yitnani Of (Who Will Give me Wings) – trad. Bukharan Melody arr. Sunita Staneslow
My Lagan Love – trad. Ulster Air
Scarborough Fair – trad. England
Shenandoah – trad. American Chantey
Star of County Down – trad. Ireland
Tum Balalaika – trad. Russian
Variations on a Welsh Carol – Ank Van Campen

Bollywood
Mere Humsafar
Mere Rang Mein
Na Tum Jano Na Hum
Naya Naya Dhula Dhula
Satyam Shivam Sundram
Soni Soni
Sun Sahiba Sun
Yeh Galiyan Yeh Chaubara
Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hum
Zara Sa Jhoom Loon Main

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