“She is a great artist and consummate performer. She can draw more tone colours out of the instrument than any other harpist living in the world today.”
- David Watkins, Professor of Harp, Guildhall School of Music
Elizabeth-Jane Baldry was born in Hampshire and studied music at Exeter University. She now gives around one hundred performances a year from recitals in historic houses or on specialist arts cruises to weddings and funerals. She is the only silent movie harpist in the world, performing live accompaniment to cinema screenings in the manner of the old silent movie pianists. Her compositions have been used by ITV, the BBC and by Irish, Japanese, Danish and Canadian film, radio and television. In 2006 she was the only British performer to be shortlisted for Best Classical Event Award in the Brighton Festival, England's largest Arts Festival. She has performed to sold-out audiences in the US, in Italy and in France.
Elizabeth-Jane's unique research into Victorian Fairy Harp Music has led to a CD with worldwide distribution; radio and TV broadcasts; a West End stage show with actor Simon Callow for which she also wrote the songs; appearances at the Royal Academy of Art exhibition of Victorian Fairy Paintings and at Prince Charles' unveiling of the restored Elfin Oak Tree in Kensington Gardens; involvement in the major French exhibition Dragons, Elfes et Fées; and an appearance in the award-winning Canadian television documentary The Fairy Faith: all this and more besides making her England's unofficial Fairy Harpist!
Elizabeth-Jane’s uniquely rich tone on the harp has graced several film/TV soundtracks screened in over thirty countries including America, Canada, Iceland, Kenya, Iran, South Africa, Poland and Cyprus.
A mother of two adult sons, she lives in a little granite cottage full of books and harps in the vibrant Dartmoor village of Chagford and enjoys caring for her three acres of newly planted British broadleaf woodland. In her community she is founder of the Chagford Filmmaking Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the nation’s folklore and fairytale heritage through films of British fairytales; the group has received funding awards from the EU and the UK Film Council for its work.
"The harp is to music, what music is to life."