The Cherubim Trust had a lovely afternoon listening to talented young harpists at the Cherubim Competition at Trinity-Laban on 11 July. We were delighted to award the Promenaders–Charles Steer harp to its second awardee, Heather Brooks. The judges were unanimously impressed by the quality of her performance and commitment to the instrument.
Heather with Clancy, Maxwell and Serafina Steer
Heather Brooks is 15 and a first Study harpist at The Purcell School. She has been playing the harp for 5 years and has developed a real passion as a performer and composer of harp music. Heather has had many successes at Croydon, Bromley & North London Music Festivals achieving 1st Places, Outstanding and Distinctions as a Soloist, Ensemble and Composer.
Heather writes: “I love playing and composing for the harp. It is my ambition to be the first harpist to win BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2018, followed by going on to conservatoire to pursue a career as a professional musician. I started playing the harp when I was ten. My parents took me to Pilgrim Harp Makers, where we were taken on a tour of their workshop and afterwards they allowed me to try one of their harps. It was the very first time I had heard a harp and I instantly fell in love with the sound it produced. I now enjoy playing every day and I have a wonderful teacher, Daphne Boden.Being awarded the harp was so exciting and I would like to thank Cherubim Music Trust for this amazing opportunity.This summer I have a full program of performance opportunities which I am look forward to especially as I now have such a wonderful harp to play:
17th July The Cadogan Hall with NYHO of GB, Solo and my own ensemble composition “Russian Doll”.
9th August Windsor Castle Chapel with USA & UK NYHO
10th – 15th August UK tour with USA & UK NYHO
16th August Charity Concert’s at Great Head Manor care home & St Barnabas care home for retired clergy.
12th September Charity Concert in memory of Rex for SUDC Infant Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood.
Finally, I would also like to thank The Robert Bouffler Music Trust of which I am a beneficiary.”
The Trust is very glad to have such an exciting young talent join our team of wonderful musicians, and we look forward to watching her promising future unfold.