Sarah Louise Ridy gained her bachelor degree in modern harp at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, before going on to obtain both bachelor and master degrees in baroque harp performance. She was the first student to be awarded a masters degree in baroque harp at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag, the Netherlands.
As her primary instrument she plays on the ‘Cellini’ model of an Italian triple harp by harp maker Rainer Thurau from Wiesbaden in Germany, an instrument that she fell in love with during the World Harp Congress in Geneva. However, she has recently added to her little harp family a beautiful wire-strung gaelic harp by Violaine Alfaric, together with her new gothic 25-string, made by Franz Reschenhofer.
Based in Norwich in the U.K., Sarah performs with numerous ensembles around the world, as well as solo recitals. She plays in a variety of styles, many of which are rooted in ancient music, and is always excited by the prospect of exploring new repertoire and increasing the awareness of the baroque harp. After many years of living in Belgium and the Netherlands, she still enjoys travelling as part of her career, performing as far afield as Israel, Greece, Colombia, Croatia and the USA. She is currently the principal tutor of baroque harp at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague.
Programmes past, present and future
Song of Songs
Songs of Innocence
Diminutions and Grounds