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Harriet Burns


Harriet Burns is studying with Yvonne Kenny at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on the Opera Course programme. She recently graduated from the GSMD Artists Masters programme where she studied with Professor Susan McCulloch and is an alumni of the Royal Academy of Music where she studied with Jennifer Dakin and Audrey Hyland. Harriet is a Samling Artist, Oxford Lieder Young Artist, a Britten-Pears Young Artist, and a Wigmore Hall Chamber Tots Ensemble Artist.

Harriet recently made her Wigmore Hall debut with Graham Johnson in a recital of Schubert Lieder and returned to the Wigmore Hall for a recital with the Prince Consort as a Side by Side Artist. At the Ryedale Festival she collaborated in recitals with Christopher Glynn, The Phoenix Piano Trio and Adam Walker, and Ian Tindale. With Ian Tindale she gave a Rising Stars recital at the International Lied Festival Zeist, at the Chiltern Arts Festival she performed in Brahms in Love devised by Jeremy Sams and Christopher Glynn, at the GSMD she sang in Iain Burnside's latest production Swansong and she has twice performed in the Barbican Hall as an LSO platform artist.

She was joint winner of the 2018 Oxford Lieder Young Artists Platform with Michael Pandya, won the 2017 Paul Hamburger prize for Lieder and the Franz-Schubert-Institut competition leading to a full scholarship to study at the 2017 FSI.

Harriet is an advocate of new music. Highlights include performing Varèse's Offrandes as part of the BBC's Total Immersion series with Geoffrey Paterson and the Guildhall New Music ensemble, works by Weir and Golijov in the This is Rattle series at the Barbican (Milton Court Concert Hall), Weir's Nuits D'Afrique with the Phoenix Piano Trio and Adam Walker at the Ryedale Festival, and the premiere of Edward Nesbit's The Burial of the Stars alongside Cellophony at the Barbican (Milton Court Concert Hall).

Harriet is grateful for the financial support of Hazel and Chris Abbott, the Sidney Perry Foundation, the Guildhall School, The Altrusa Careers Trust, The Michael James Music Trust and The Winship Foundation.

Last updated: Jul 2019