Scottish harpist Ruth Wall performs on concert and lever harps, buzzing Renaissance bray harp and Gaelic wire strung harp. She is passionate about new music and performs with groups such as BBC Concert Orchestra, Goldfrapp, Kathryn Tickell, Sacconi Quartet and London Chamber Orchestra. Ruth has performed at venues including Berlin Philharmonic, Eden Project, Sydney Opera House, Spiral Hall Tokyo, Tate Gallery and Glastonbury.
She has worked with composers such as Peter Maxwell Davies, Howard Skempton, Gavin Bryars, and Laurence Crane, building up a repertoire of new works for the harp, leading to her first solo album ‘The Uncommon Harp’. Ruth also collaborates with her partner, composer Graham Fitkin as FitkinWall. Their first album ‘Kaplan’ is based on the fictitious character in Hitchcock’s North by Northwest and toured Japan and UK. In 2007 ‘Still Warm’ juxtaposed Ruth’s early harps with new electronics and live visuals, and in 2015 they released and toured their latest album ‘Lost’. Working with Graham’s 9 piece band Fitkin, she appeared on stage at the Royal Opera House, for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and on the 2016 albums ‘Vamp’ and ‘Veneer’.
Recently Ruth has worked with Will Gregory and Portishead’s Adrian Utley in a new soundtrack to accompany Carl Dreyer’s classic 1928 film ‘Joan of Arc’. She is also a member of the Will Gregory Moog Ensemble. She recorded and toured with Goldfrapp on ‘Seventh Tree’ and has recorded with artists including French singer Nolwenn Leroy, saxophonist Simon Haram, bassist Charlie Jones, and trumpeter Noel Langley.
Since 2000 Ruth has performed in galleries, alongside work by artists including Brian Wynter and James Hugonin as well as collaborating with Alessandra Ausenda on a sound installation involving a giant rotating dress.
She toured extensively in 2013 with the acclaimed aerial theatre company Ockham’s Razor and joined Kneehigh Theatre in 2017 in their production of ‘The Tin Drum’.
Radio and TV appearances include BBC Radio 3 Late Junction Sessions and In Tune, Radio 4 and Jools Holland. She features in ‘Loving Vincent’, and on Ben Wheatley’s ‘Sightseers’ and John Lunn’s soundtrack for the BBC series ‘The White Queen’.
Ruth has recorded for EMI, Mercury Music, Sony BMG, GFR, Bedroom Community and Universal.
‘Ruth Wall performed some of the most extraordinary folk, baroque, tango, medieval and contemporary music I have ever heard.’
Jomar de Vrind
Immaculate playingBBC Music Magazine
Virtuosic mini-concertosThe Guardian
Majestic harp melodiesMusera
LOST is an impressively intricate affairUncut
What sets it apart is Ruth’s exquisite playing – the Hendrix of the harp worldWest Briton