Solo - String
- Ciorstaidh Beaton - Harp & Clàrsach
Classical, Contemporary, Traditional Folk & Original Music
BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Finalist Ciorstaidh Beaton grew up as a native Gàidhlig speaker in Kilmuir, on the Isle of Skye. A graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, she is a professional freelance harpist now based in Scotland where she recently completed a post-graduate at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in joint pedal harp and traditional clàrsach performance.
Ciorstaidh is a versatile player, always involved in a wide range of musical styles. She is a keen orchestral harpist, working regularly with a variety of orchestras and ensembles across the UK. Recent performances include working with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Rogue Orchestra, the Red Note Ensemble, and the orchestra of the Scottish Opera.
Her solo playing highlights include performing Marcel Grandjany’s transcription of Handel’s Harp Concerto in Bb as part of a concert in Glasgow with the RCS’ String Orchestra, and giving a solo clàrsach recital at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival as part of their well-attended Tea Concert in 2017.
With her diverse musical background and enthusiasm for creating, Ciorstaidh enjoys collaborating amongst an array of musicians and composers. She is often approached to join new projects and commissions premiering at leading festivals across the UK.