Mia Lloyd - Harpist

This harpist learnt to play the harp at a young age, frequently participating in local concerts and became one of the youngest harpists in the Gorsedd of the Bards and led the harp section in the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. She graduated in Music at the City University in London, studying the harp with Sidonie Goossens, before spending a further two years specializing on the harp at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with David Watkins, where she was awarded the Advanced Diploma in Solo Studies, as well as licentiate diplomas with the Guildhall and Trinity Schools of Music.

She worked as a professional harpist in London for fifteen years, playing in orchestras, concerts and recording with famous artists. She was Resident Harpist at the Ritz, May Fair and Hyde Park Hotels, playing for Presidents and Royalty alike. It was pure enjoyment for her to play in shows such as "Beauty and the Beast", "The King and I", "Oliver!" and "Dr. Doolittle" in the West End.

Since moving back to Swansea, she has enjoyed playing the harp at every kind of special occasion, from weddings across the country to recitals with the Dunvant Male Voice Choir, from concerts at the Brangwyn Hall to functions with artist Annie Lovejoy. She is a successful teacher with pupils traveling from afar to see her.

In the National Eisteddfod in Swansea in 2006, she was chosen as an Official Accompanist to the Cerdd Dant competitions, as well as in the National Urdd Eisteddfod in Carmarthenshire in 2007.

During her professional career she has played for a vast number of functions, both private and corporate. She has played at such venues as The Dorchester, Grosvoner House, London Guildhall, Savoy, Mansion House, Hampton Court Palace, National History Museum, Waldorf, the Ritz, Lincoln's Inn,

Also, many livery function dinners and promotional work for companies such as P&O, Calvin Klein and Estee Lauder.

Private functions have included birthdays, anniversaries, private recitals, funerals and christenings.

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