Name: Alice Kirwan
Alice Kirwan is an upcoming and dynamic harpist based in Manchester, about to complete a Master of Music at the Royal Northern College of Music. Originally from West Sussex, Alice began learning the harp at the age of 11 with Helen Arnold before moving to Manchester to study with Eira Lynn Jones. Alice gained a BMus with first class honours in 2012 from the RNCM.
Alice is an avid performer of contemporary music and is passionate about showing the versatility of the harp to a wide audience by presenting exciting and unique solo programmes. As a soloist, Alice has appeared at venues such as St Ann's Church, Alderley Edge Methodist Church and for Ardudwy and Harlech Music Society. More recently Alice was involved in ‘Pages From My Songbook’, a collaborative theatre project at the Royal Exchange Theatre, in which she performed self-composed material. Furthermore Alice has performed Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro with fellow students in the RNCM Chamber Music festival as well as Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto with the Southdowns Youth Orchestra in 2011.
As well as being an accomplished chamber musician, Alice is also a keen orchestral player and has performed with professional ensembles such as the Ryedale Festival Opera Orchestra and Fono Philharmonic Orchestra. During her time at the RNCM she has played with many of the college ensembles including the Symphony Orchestra at The Bridgewater Hall, the RNCM New Ensemble at BBC Media City Studios and more recently she was chosen to play with the RNCM Sinfonia – resident orchestra at the Cantiere Internazionale D’Arte in Montepulciano, Italy. This year Alice has participated on the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme orchestral course, performing with musicians from across the globe.