Jane Baldry was born in Hampshire and from her earliest
years begged her parents to let her play the harp.
She finally began at the age of fourteen with the dynamic Ann
Hughes-Chamberlain at the Hindhead School of Music. Later she
read music at Exeter University, travelling to the Royal College
of Music in London for lessons with Fiona Hibbert, another
here to listen to MP3 snippet of Ballade de la fée
here to listen to MP3 snippet of Ondina
She has been a full-time professional harpist since 1994,
supporting herself and her two young sons by giving almost
one hundred performances a year nationwide on the concert
platform as well as regular television and radio appearances
including Breakfast TV and The Afternoon Shift.
She has released a successful Solo
CD of Victorian fairy harp music, and has taken
part in a CD of chamber music by the composer Paul Lewis.
This latter achieved worldwide distribution with Koch
HERE TO PURCHASE A CD OF ELIZABETH'S FAIRY HARP MUSIC
In August 1998, she recorded a solo library disc for Studio
G. Music from this recording has been used by ITV, the BBC
and in Japan. In 1998 she was the soloist in the premiere
of Lewis's 'Devonshire Dances' for Harp and Orchestra with
the South West Sinfonietta. She also took part in the much
publicized exhibition of Victorian Fairy Paintings at the
Royal Academy of Arts, including appearing on stage with
actor Simon Callow at the Criterion Theatre Piccadilly, in
a show for which she also composed the songs.
In February 2002 the BBC twice broadcast a half-hour Radio
4 documentary on her rediscovery of Victorian fairy harp
music, creating widespread interest. In May, she was involved
in the filming of a Canadian TV documentary. Other highlights
for last year included an open-air gala performance of 'Devonshire
Dances', an appearance at St John's Smith Square, London,
recording the soundtrack for thirteen episodes of ITV's children's
series, Bernard's Watch, and an extensive West Country Recital
Elizabeth Jane divides her time between the seaside at Brighton
and her cottage in the Dartmoor National Park.
Her two sons are choristers at Westminster Cathedral and
St Paul's Cathedral in London.
Further information can be found here