THE THREE HARPS OF CHRISTMAS

A beautiful selection of carols for Concert harp, Gaelic wire strung harp and the Renaissance bray harp, in exciting new arrangements by composer Graham Fitkin. Stille Nacht We Three Kings The Angel Gabriel

VAMP & VENEER

Two new albums from FITKIN – Graham’s 9 piece band joined by wonderful Melanie Pappenheim and 2 Bee Gees style countertenors.  The music of VENEER celebrates disco from a modern perspective, with twisted lyrics and unexpected combinations of Fitkin energy and Donna Summer like grooves. VAMP is a rollercoaster ride of minimalism, jazz, energetic foot tapping tunes. Journalist and cultural compass Mark Kermode …

Vamp, Veneer, MacGuffin – FITKIN band

2016. In the summer we recorded at Peter Gabriel’s beautiful Real World Studios near Bath and produced two new albums.  We toured the UK in the Autumn and will be releasing the new CDs early in 2017. The music mixes minimalism and contemporary musics in Fitkin’s irreverential and exuberant fashion.  Combining piano, percussion, guitar, harps (bray, lever and concert harps), and brass section with Bee-Gees …

LOST – FITKINWALL

FitkinWall released their new album LOST in November last year  www.fitkinwall.com . They have toured in UK, Brussels and Italy and on BBC Radio.  Ruth performs on concert and wire stung harps and Graham on moog synthesizer, red box, fender rhodes and autoharp. Highwire – Excerpt Mapping – Excerpt Trace – Excerpt

LOST – FITKINWALL

LOST was released in November 2015  www.fitkinwall.com . After a tour to Brussels and Italy FitkinWall performed the new show in the UK at venues including Kings Place, Nottingham Lakeside and at the 2016 Ted-X at London Science Museum.   Ruth performs on 2 harps and Graham on moog synth, red box, fender rhodes and autoharp and features visuals by Ryan Sharpe.   The music and …

THE THREE HARPS OF CHRISTMAS

In December 2012, in 10 foot of Dolomite snow, Ruth and Graham began work on a new album. The music is a selection of their favourite Christmas carols, rearranged for Concert harp, Bray harp and Gaelic wire strung harp by Graham. The candlelit recitals take place in stately homes and castles throughout Great Britain,  and are introduced by Graham, who traces the history of …

KATHRYN TICKELL and THE SIDE

Northumbrian piper Kathryn Tickell’s new band has been touring now for nearly 3 years. Last year The Side released their first album, and features Ruth on lever, wire and bray harps, Amy Thatcher on accordion, Louisa Tuck on cello and Kathryn on pipes. Channeling their diverse musical experiences into a powerful new sound The Side stay true to the spirit and essence …

LOST – FITKINWALL ALBUM

FitkinWall continue touring their latest album LOST after touring Italy, Belgium and UK last year. Buy here: www.fitkin.com/cds Ruth performs on 2 harps and Graham on moog synth, red box, fender rhodes and autoharp.    The music is both intimate and intricate and the live show features visuals by Ryan Sharpe.   Rhythmic patterns are built up to climaxes and are juxtaposed with bare …

THE MANXMAN

Hitchcock’s The Manxman was given a gala performance as part of 2012 London Film Festival at the Empire Leicester Square. Ruth performed Stephen Horne’s new score  on lever and wire harp, as part of a small ensemble to a rapt audience. Below is a review of the show by ithankyouarthur: ‘This was the final restoration premier for the Hitchcock Nine …

OCKHAMS RAZOR

Ockhams Razor are a stunning aerial theatre company who combine circus and visual theatre.  In 2012-13 Ruth has been touring with the company, performing a new score by Graham Fitkin for multi harps and choir. The music is strong and complex, building up rhythmic layers and sinuous textures. ‘dazzling aerial theatre’ The Independent ‘physically thrilling’ The Sunday Times

FITKIN OPERA – HOME

In April 2012 Ruth performed at the Royal Opera House in Graham Fitkin’s new opera. Graham’s new short opera, Home, commissioned by the ROH for the Linbury Theatre, was premiered in April 2012.  Jasmin Vardimon directed the opera which is scored for two singers (Melanie Pappenheim and Victoria Coupar), three dancers (Luke Borrough, Esteban Fourmi and Aoi Nakamura) and the …

FITKIN BAND

In 2009 Graham Fitkin put together a stellar line-up of players to form a new nine-piece band. The music is fast, loud, with a hint of gypsy bawdiness described by The Guardian as ”a delight that defied all fashionable labels and simply conjured its own whirlygig of ideas with such spontaneity and control.”  Ruth performs with FITKIN on bray harp and lever …

THE THREE HARPS OF CHRISTMAS

A beautiful selection of carols for Concert harp, Gaelic wire strung harp and the Renaissance bray harp, in new and wonderful arrangements by composer Graham Fitkin.  Festive recitals took place at historic houses and castles throughout Great Britain. Album available on iTunes, amazon and fitkin.com TOUR DATES 2014 4 December 2014     Scorrier House, Cornwall 6 December 2014   …

STEVE REICH

Ruth has performed Steve Reich’s music many times in the last 2 years. She received permission from Reich to perform Piano Phase on harp and has given performances of this at London South Bank QEH, Gateshead Sage, Sound Festival Aberdeen, Cheltenham festival and Tate St Ives.  She also performed Reich’s gigantic work Four Organs in Krakow, alongside Will Gregory, Graham …

RECENT TV, FILM and PERFORMANCES

FitkinWall performed at TEDx London in June 2016, playing music from LOST, in a line up including Stephen Hawkins, Francesca Beard and Talvin Singh. She features on lever harp throughout LOVING VINCENT – the world’s first fully painted animated film with music by Clint Mansell, and on solo harp in Ben Wheatley’s 2012 award winning film SIGHTSEERS, soundtrack by Jim Williams.   She recorded on concert harp …

POLAND – REICH 75th BIRTHDAY

Recent highlights include performing Steve Reich’s gigantic work Four Organs in Krakow, Ruth performed alongside Will Gregory, Graham Fitkin and Ross Hughes on Farfisa organs. The performance took place on an enormous old steel factory, in the now desolate communist district know as Nowa Huta.   The Sacrum Profanum Festival in Krakow dedicated a week to Reich’s music, in honour …

Recent FILM, TV and RADIO

Ruth plays solo lever harp throughout Ben Wheatley’s award winning film SIGHTSEERS, music composed by Jim Williams.  She features on the BBC series THE WHITE QUEEN, music composed by Bafta winning John Lunn (of Downtown Abbey fame). The series features Ruth on concert harp. In 2013 Ruth appeared as soloist in the Radio 4 play ‘The Fair Maid of Perth’, featuring David …

NEW ALBUM

In 2010-11 Ruth is working on a new album. This will feature her Bray, Wire and Lever harps and will expore her obsession with ancient harp ornamentation. Collaborators include Alex Lee, Will Gregory, Adrian Utley, Graham Fitkin, gavin Bryars. This year she has recorded again with Nolwenn Leroy on her new album ‘Bretonne’ (produce by Jon Kelly) which has just …

THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC

One of the early cinema classics, Carl Theodor Dreyer’s The Passion Of Joan Of Arc (1928) has been hailed a towering masterpiece of silent film and inspired countless generations of filmmakers including Sergio Leone. Now Portishead’s Adrian Utley and Will Gregory of Goldfrapp have created a new score, soundtracking the powerful and moving story of Joan’s trial, imprisonment, torture and …

THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC, QEH

28th April 2011 The Passion of Joan of Arc Ether Festival QEH Carl Theodor Dreyer’s classic silent film accompanied by a new score composed by Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory and Portishead’s Adrian Utley. Performers include six electric guitars, Will Gregory,  choir, percussion, horns and Ruth on 3 harps and keyboard.

THE UNCOMMON HARP

Ruth performs works for solo harp by Howard Skempton, Gabriel Jackson, Peter Maxwell Davies, Laurence Crane, Michael Parsons, Graham Fitkin and Philip Glass. The CD comprises recently written music by working with tonality and modality today, and includes three of Ruth’s works. Farewell to Stromness Jim and Pam and Pam and Jim Peninsula Run Encomium for Matthew Greenall

THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC, ALEXANDRA PALACE

24th July 2011 The Passion of Joan of Arc Alexandra Palace Carl Theodor Dreyer’s classic silent film accompanied by a new score composed by Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory and Portishead’s Adrian Utley. Performers include six electric guitars, members of the Monteverdi Choir, percussion, horns and Ruth on 3 harps and synth. Curated by Portishead and ATP.

FITKIN, CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL

2nd July 2011 FITKIN Cheltenham Festival FITKIN – Fabulously energetic 9 piece band lead by composer Graham Fitkin. Brass, winds, piano, guitar, bass, percussion and Ruth on bray and lever harps.

FITKIN, SALISBURY FESTIVAL

3rd June 2011 Fitkin Salisbury Festival www.salisburyfestival.co.uk FITKIN – seriously exciting, highly rhythmic 9 piece band lead by composer Graham Fitkin. Brass, winds, piano, guitar, bass, percussion and Ruth on bray and lever harps.

FITKIN BAND

Ruth performs with FITKIN on bray harp and lever harp.  In 2009 Graham Fitkin put together a stellar line-up of players to form a new nine-piece band. The music is fast, loud, with a hint of gypsy bawdiness and as The Guardian put it ‘a delight that defied all fashionable labels and simply conjured its own whirlygig of ideas with …

STILL WARM

Composed by Graham Fitkin, Still Warm takes the intimate and beguiling sound of the harp far from of it’s angelic connotations.  Ruth performs on lever harp, Gaelic wire strung harp and buzzing bray harp against an electronically generated canvas of scattered beats and pixellated timbres. Snow Clamp Constant Shame Come Come Battery People Powder Trap Close Hold

KAPLAN

This 63 minute work for sampling and synthesized keyboards is performed by Ruth and composer Graham Fitkin. Inspired by the Hitchcock movie North By Northwest the music takes the listener into a densely rhythmic and multi-layered soundworld. K2

THE ENCHANTED PALACE

Ruth’s harp music is featured in theatre company Wildworks spectacular installation in Kensington Palace,  in the Room of Palace Time alongside metal work pieces designed by Boudicca. In this innovative ‘animated exhibition’, set against the backdrop of the magnificent State Apartments, visitors discover the hidden stories of Kensington Palace. Featuring specially commissioned contemporary fashion installations (by leading designers and artists …