Christine is a talented freelance harpist and dedicated music teacher. Originally from Aberdeenshire, she is an experienced professional performer for events & occasions throughout the country. Having received training at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama), University of Glasgow, Royal Irish Academy of Music and Trinity College Dublin, she is exceptionally talented at both the concert harp (pedal harp) and clarsach (lever harp). As well as specialising in Scottish Music, she has recently attained a Licentiate of the London College of Music Diploma (LLCM) in Irish Traditional Music Performance on the Irish Harp.
Passionate about music from a young age, Christine began her musical education on the piano. The first time she heard a harp she was instantly captivated and began learning traditional music on the clarsach before developing classical techniques on the concert harp. She plays a Salvi Diana Concert Grand harp which has been frequently played on the QE2 cruise liner. Participating in festivals throughout North-East Scotland, Christine won the Instrumentalist of the Year Gold Medal at a regional competition and subsequently was awarded the prestigious John Sebastian Morley Prize at the International Harp Summer School in 2009. She played clarsach in the traditional band, Ceol Mor for two years and has supported the Edinburgh International Harp Festival over the past seven years. Christine was a participant of the Splore Traditional Music Summer School at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival before becoming an employee where she co-ordinated events and organised the music & dance educational programs.
An accomplished harpist, Christine has been privileged to perform in several masterclasses where she has received coaching from many renowned harpists such as Catrin Finch, David Watkins, Daphne Boden, Meinir Heulyn, Imogen Barford, Charlotte Seale and Alina Bzhezhinska. Recently, Christine was delighted to be involved in the design process of her new clarsach - the first 36-string light-weight harp from the gifted Scottish harp-maker, Mark Norris.
Christine has been teaching privately for a number of years and her tuition is in high demand. Her expressive playing shows her clear passion for the harp, which she strives to pass on to her pupils. She has given numerous workshops and demonstrations on the harp and music of Scotland. She regularly teaches in Scottish secondary schools and has studied both Kodaly and Orff technique which she integrates into her teaching methods. Christine is devoted to encouraging and inspiring people to learn the harp and serves as artistic advisor on the committee for the North East of Scotland Branch of The Clarsach Society. She plays in a wide range of styles to suit every occasion and her extensive repertoire consists of music from many genres including traditional, classical and popular pieces as well as her own compositions and arrangements.