Isle of Wight
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Isle of Wight
Theresa Ellis B.A. Hons (Music)
Theresa is a harpist, a composer and a teacher of recorder and harp. She is based on the Island.
She was first inspired to take up the harp while supporting her recorder students at a Ventnor music event in the 1990s. Playing on that occasion was a young Catherine Porter – then only about 9 – who has subsequently gone on to greater things as a professional harpist. Having just heard the harp played live, Theresa knew then she simply had to take up the instrument herself.
Thanks to a well-timed Lottery win with her workplace syndicate, Theresa bought her first harp – a Pilgrim Clarsach. She has since acquired a Pilgrim Malvern pedal harp, as her interest in a civil service career waned in favour of pursuing her harp vocation.
Playing at an Irish folk session in Yarbridge, Theresa met with former Poozies virtuoso accordionist Karen Tweed. In turn, Karen introduced Theresa to fellow harpist Anna Sacchini and Vic King, with a view to sharing and promoting a love of the harp. These initial conversations became what we now know as Harp on Wight.
Currently, Theresa is playing professionally at venues around the Island – often accompanied by her musical colleague since high school on guitar - in her duo “Puckaster”.
"The finest pedal harp that has ever been made in Britain. It is much lighter than most concert harps and, this combined with an original body construction, has a range of sonority and dynamic that is quite remarkable.”
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