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

In the summer of 2016 FITKIN recorded at Peter Gabriel’s beautiful Real World Studios near Bath and produced two new albums. We toured and released the new CDs 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 style countertenors, the new albums are …

LOST – FITKINWALL

FitkinWall released their new album LOST in November 2014  www.fitkinwall.com . They toured UK, Brussels and Italy and performed on BBC Radio 3.  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. Candlelit recitals took place in stately homes and castles throughout Great Britain,  and were introduced by Graham, who traced the history …

WILL GREGORY MOOG ENSEMBLE

Ruth performs Mini Korg in The Will Gregory Moog Ensemble. The band first performed together in 2005 as part of the Bath Festival, recreating some of the ‘Switched on Bach’ arrangements of Wendy Carlos in the Seventies. As one half of Goldfrapp, the keyboard-player and composer Will Gregory is one of the UK’s leading advocates of using synthesizers and electronic instruments to …

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 toured with the company, performing a new score by Graham Fitkin for lever and wire strung 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 …

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 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 …

POSTCARDS FROM HEAVEN

Fellow harpist Rhodri Davies curated an evening of John Cage’s music for harps and other instruments at the BALTIC in Gateshead. Ruth joined Rhodri and harpists from the Royal Northern College of Music and Manchester Harp Ensemble for a performance of Cage’s rarely performed Postcards from Heaven, for 1-20 harps. The piece was written in 1982 and first performed at …

CHARLES HAZELWOOD ALL STAR COLLECTIVE

Charles Hazlewood’s All Star Collective, “A sort of avant-garde super group” – The Idler, is an ensemble dedicated to improvisation, featuring artists from across the musical spectrum. Ruth plays alongside musicians including saxophonist Andy Sheppard, Portishead’s Adrian Utley, Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory and conductor Charles Hazlewood, who first assembled the band to play Glastonbury in 2008. They have since played Glastonbury 2010 …

NOLWENN

On March 3rd 2012 Ruth performed with Nolwenn Leroy at the major French awards ceremony, Victoires de la Musique in Paris.  Nolwenn was nominated for an award, following on from the success of her new album ‘Bretonne’ (produce by Jon Kelly) which features Ruth’s wire and lever harps. She also plays concert harp on Nolwenn’s album Le Cheshire Cat, produced …