Sylvia Harper, oboe

Sylvia Harper received her musical training in the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music, at Southampton University and as a postgraduate student at the Royal College of Music with Roger Lord.

Sylvia's freelance work on oboe, oboe d'amore and cor anglais includes solo recitals, concertos, orchestral playing and studio recoridngs. She is particularly interested in chamber music and British music of the twentieth century. She has been involved in a number of commissions and first performances, and many pieces of music have been written especially for her.

She currently plays with Camarada, a flexible and versatile chamber group. In 1997 the group received an Arts Council grant to record the CD New Perspectives on Autumn.

This was followed by an Arts Council commission from Martin Read, The Angel of History in 1998. Performances of this work have included two in Vienna, one of which was recorded for broadcast by the ORF. In 1999-2000 Camarada put on a chronological series exploring the phantasy quartet repertoire at the Holywell Music Room, Oxford. The series included several new works culminating in March 2000 with commissioned works by Richard Rodney Bennett and Howard Skempton [Foundation for Sport and the Arts Commissions]. In February 2000 Camarada played at the Purcell Room for the Wessex Group of composers. The group is currently involved in a Millennium composition workshop project for Hampshire Music Service.

"...a scintillating performance of Telemann's oboe concerto... Sylvia Harper is a charming, self-effacing player who let the oboe speak so eloquently. Her instrument sang joyously with a brilliant tone."
- Farnham Herald, December 1999

"...perceptive... beautifully conceived"
- Gramophone Magazine

"...in Sylvia Harper, the composers are rewarded by a fine advocate. Both her oboe and cor anglais playing are exemplary and her sense of ensemble assured."
- CD Review, Double Reed News

 

Performances with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra