The Tin Drum – Kneehigh

One of the defining novels of the 20th Century, Gunter Grass’ dazzling tour de force, The Tin Drum will be brought to thrilling theatrical life in a co-production with Kneehigh, Liverpool Everyman Playhouse and West Yorkshire Playhouse. Directed by Mike Shepherd with music by Charles Hazelwood, The Tin Drum is a folktale for troubled times: a dark, burlesque comic extravaganza, …

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. Stille Nacht We Three Kings The Angel Gabriel

GOLDFRAPP

In 2008 Ruth toured extensively with the wonderful UK band Goldfrapp in UK, Europe, Australia and USA. She played wire harp, lever harp and keyboard on the tour. Her wire harp is featured on the Goldfrapp album ‘Seventh Tree’.

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 UNCOMMON HARP

Ruth performs works for solo lever 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 composers working with tonality and modality today, and includes three of Ruth’s works. Farewell to Stromness – Peter Maxwell Davies Jim and Pam and Pam and Jim – Graham …

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

Graham Fitkin was inspired by the Hitchcock movie North By Northwest to write the hour long work Kaplan in which the key character in the film doesn’t actually exist.  The music takes the listener into a densely rhythmic and multi-layered sound world and is performed on keyboards by Ruth and Graham.  

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.

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THE OPERATORS AT THE EXCHANGE

In December 2009 The Operators opened at The Exchange in Penzance. This major new art/sound work is the result of a collaboration between Ruth and visual artist Alessandra Ausenda. It involves a huge dress, a battery of sewing machines and live sewing machinists at work underneath the dress as it rotates.   The Operators involves highly integrated sound and visuals, …

THE UNCOMMON HARP

The Uncommon Harp is a project involving both performances and commissions, and resulted in Ruth’s first solo album. Ruth is passionate about expanding the repertoire of the small harp and continuing a long tradition of harping in the British Isles.

KAPLAN

George Kaplan is the central character in Hitchcock’s film North By Northwest. And yet he doesn’t exist. The idea that George Kaplan existed outside the original film began to fester in composer Graham Fitkin’s mind and inspired a musical and visual performance involving two live musicians and video.

STILL WARM

Ruth’s interest in expanding the sound world of the harp has led her to use electronics increasingly in her music. 

SOLO SPOTLIGHT

In March 2007 Ruth was was one of four solo artists invited to perform in the Wapping Project’s Solo Spotlights series. The series focuses on cutting edge music in the atmospheric setting of London’s Wapping Hydraulic Power Station. Artistic director Rolf Hind curated a series of solo evenings which enabled the performers to shape their own events in a site …

WILL GREGORY’S PICCARD IN SPACE

30th March 2011 Will Gregory’s Piccard in Space Queen Elizabeth Hall http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk Ruth performs on moog in Will Gregory’s debut opera. A classic adventure about the brilliant physicist Auguste Piccard. On a mission to prove Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, he takes to the skies with his assistant in an airtight capsule. Travelling to a record-breaking 51,000 feet, they survive being …

FITKIN, ETHER FESTIVAL

24th March 2011 Fitkin Ether Festival, QEH, London www.southbankcentre.co.uk/ether 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.

FITKINWALL

26th November 2010 Fitkinwall Wiltshire Music Ruth performs brand new programme for 3 harps of new and ancient music with composer Graham Fitkin.

FITKIN, HUDDERSFIELD FESTIVAL

20th November 2010 Fitkin Huddersfield Festival Seriously exciting, high energy Fitkin band consisting of brass, winds, piano, guitar, bass, percussion and Ruth on harps.

CHARLES HAZELWOOD ALL STARS

5th November 2010 Charles Hazelwood All Stars Bristol Old Vic Ruth joins conductor Charles Hazelwood in a programme including Terry Riley’s In C.

ADRIAN UTLEY GUITAR ORCHESTRA

4th November 2010 Adrian Utley Guitar Orchestra: In C St George’s Bristol 8pm www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk Ruth joins Portishead’s Adrian Utley and his 20 strong guitar orchestra in Terry Riley’s Classic work: In C

FITKIN, FALMOUTH

29th October 2010 Fitkin Falmouth 7.30pm High energy Fitkin band consisting of brass, winds, piano, guitar, bass, percussion and Ruth on harps open the new Performance centre at Falmouth University.

FITKIN, DARTINGTON GREAT HALL

28th October 2010 Fitkin Dartington Great Hall www.dartington.org 01803 847070 High energy Fitkin band consisting of brass, winds, piano, guitar, bass, percussion and Ruth on harps

FITKIN, BATH SPA UNIVERSITY

27th October 2010 Fitkin Bath Spa University Fitkin band consisting of brass, winds, piano, guitar, bass, percussion and Ruth on harps.