Camilla Pay is one of the leading young harpists in London today. Her love for music began at an early age and grew even stronger at eight when she first played the harp. During her time as a music scholar at King’s School Canterbury, she was twice overall winner at the Kent Festival, regional finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year and finalist in the World Harp Festival. In 1997, she was awarded the Craxton Memorial Award and an entrance scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, where she graduated with honours, on a Bachelor of music degree. There, she studied with acclaimed harpists, Skaila Kanga and Daphne Boden.
Camilla is enjoying the many aspects of life as a harpist. Her solo endeavours have taken her to Prague for the World Harp Congress and a performance at the European Harp Symposium in Amsterdam, as well as many recital venues throughout Britain. Her extensive range of fund-raising concerts in Kent was even recognised by an invitation to the Queen’s Garden Party. She has also performed various concerti, including Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto in Canterbury Cathedral. Olsen Cruise Liners have invited Camilla on numerous occasions to give recitals on all of their fleet, this year she will be performing aboard the Black Watch from Tahiti to Barbados.
Chamber music also forms large part of her career with The Korros Ensemble, a unique and beautiful combination of flute, (Eliza Marshall) clarinet, (Nicholas Ellis) and harp. They have a busy recital schedule, which has included St. Martin-in-the-fields and Killaloe Cathedral in Ireland. Several composers have been writing new works for them including three commissions they recently premiered with the Ballet Rambert.
Camilla’s experience in the National Youth Orchestra and London Philharmonic Youth Orchestra lead her comfortably into the Royal Academy of Music’s Symphony Orchestra. Since then, she has played principal harp in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the South Bank Sinfonia. Her session work has included album tracks for Morrissey and Incognito, and includes television performances with Natalie Cole, Aled Jones and Hayley Westenra. This year she played with Barry Manilow at Blenheim Palace and recorded a BBC special with him. She has accompanied soprano, Katherine Jenkins live on ITV and was part of Michael Bublé’s big band on ‘Parkinson’. More recently she was Sir James Galway’s accompanist at the Classical Brit awards 2005.
Camilla played the Flute and Harp Concerto - Mozart with the Cantetrbury Orchestra in November 2005.
Sat 6th May, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 7.30pm
with Whitstable Dance
Tickets at £15 and £8 available from the Gulbenkian Box Office
Our Spring Concert introduces a collaboration with Whitstable Dance which will allow local young people to share the pleasure of performance with the Orchestra in a presentation of music and dance from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet, The Nutcracker. The programme will focus on Act ii of the ballet in which the heroine, Clara, travels with the Prince (an erstwhile nutcracker) to the Land of Sweets where they are entertained. The Nutcracker is one of the Tchaikovsky's most popular compositions. The music contains some of his most memorable melodies including the Trepak and the famous Waltz of the Flowers and March, as well as the ubiquitous Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The ballet contains surprisingly advanced harmonies and a wealth of melodic invention. The atmosphere of magic and mystery is sustained by a performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s orchestral suite Scheherazade, inspired by the tale of The Arabian Nights in which the Sultan’s wife deflects her imminent execution through skilful storytelling and eventually wins her reprieve. Like The Nutcracker, the music is adventurous and delightfully orchestrated.
Interested in playing with the Canterbury Orchestra?
If you would like the opportunity to play interesting music in a variety of styles and including some of the major symphonic repertoire, call Canterbury's Orchestra Manager Nicky Pound on 01304 812755 or email us.