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Frances Kelly was born in London. She began playing the harp as a junior exhibitioner at the Royal College of Music, then read music at Cambridge University and subsequently furthered her modern harp studies with the renowned Dutch harpist and teacher, Phia Berghout.
She is well known both as a chamber musician and as soloist, and her interests encompass music from the middle ages to the present day. For the past decade she has been increasingly involved in early music, exploring early harps and their repertoire and the use of the harp as a continuo instrument. She has now performed, broadcast and recorded with many leading early music ensembles including the Gabrieli Consort and Players, the New London Consort, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Brandenburg Consort. Much in demand as a continuo player for early opera she has also worked for English National Opera, Opera North, Welsh National Opera, Kent Opera and for the English Concert. On the modern harp she has recently taken part in productions of Parsifal, Salome and Nabucco with ENO and Pelleas et Melisande with Glyndebourn Touring Opera.
Her many recordings include a solo Harp Collection, Mozartís Concerto for Flute and Harp (with Lisa Benzosiuk and the Academy of Ancient Music), Handelís Harp Concerto (with the Brandenburg Consort), recordings of classical English song with Timothy Roberts and the vocal group Invocation, and recordings of Brittenís A Ceremony of Carols with the choirs of New College and Christ Church Catherdral, Oxford, and with Trinity Choir, Cambridge.
Written by Laurie Stras.
Last updated 21 January, 2002.
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