Talented harpist is youngest to win European award

Elizabeth Bass has won a European harp competition.
Elizabeth Bass has won a European harp competition.
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Student Elizabeth Bass has won a prestigious European harp competition in Cardiff.

Elizabeth, 18, of Harston, was one of 39 harpists from around Europe to take part in The Lyon & Healey Award Competition.

She became the youngest competitor to win one of the four awards of £2,000. She plans to use the award to further her musical education, including investing in additional tutoring with professional harpists.

The competition, which took place in Europe for the first time, was the centrepiece of a three-day International Harp Festival held at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.

Elizabeth, who attends Oakham School, said: “It was a hugely inspiring three days, full of amazing recitals, lectures and master classes. Playing in the competition and in the final recital in front of a packed audience of professional harpists was hugely nerve-wracking, but I was overjoyed to be chosen as one of the winners.”

Director of Music Peter Davis said: “Elizabeth clearly has an exciting musical future ahead of her. We are extremely proud of all her achievements, which include her recent offer of a Scholarship to study at London’s Royal Academy of Music after she has finished her A Levels at Oakham.”