Didsbury Arts Festival

Didsbury Arts festival is a volunteer led multi arts festival celebrating creative culture in Didsbury, through working with local, national and international artists. 

We are a biennial festival. The next edition will take place from 24th June - 2nd July 2017. The festival theme will be Roots. If you would like to join the 2017 team, please get in touch.


Clouds Harp Quartet

Christ Church Darley Avenue, 35 Darley Avenue, Manchester, M20 2ZD

Taking inspiration from Scottish folk, jazz, blues, dance and minimalist, this classical cross-over quartet perform without music and push the boundaries of what you would expect on the pedal harp. 

They will give you an exciting varied concert suitable for all ages and all types of music lovers. 

“The audience was totally captivated by the music and the musicians...the
Fringe always throws up unexpected pleasures and delights; this is one of them, don’t miss CLOUDS Harp Quartet.’ 

Keith Savage, Buxton Fringe Festival June 2014 

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About the Artists

CLOUDS Harp Quartet formed in 2008 when Elfair Grug Dyer, Rebecca Mills, Esther Swift and Angelina Warburton all studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Eira Lynn Jones.

Whilst studying at the RNCM they performed together in a number of exciting venues including Huddersfield contemporary Music Festival in 2007 where they premièred ‘Anthill’ by Catherine Kontz; a concert celebrating John Cage’s music in The Baltic, Gateshead and a concert under the dinosaur in the Natural History Museum in London.

Since then they have released three CDs of original works, their debut – Clouds, Water, and their most recent – Golden Light

CLOUDS harp quartet’s music is written by Esther Swift and draws much from her background in folk music and improvisation. 

CLOUDS have toured extensively around the UK to promote their CD’s, and tour venues have included the Royal Northern College of Music, St. Giles Cathedral, Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh and Whitechapel Art Gallery, London. 

Following the success of their first UK tour in summer 2011, CLOUDS were invited to perform their original works at the Bridgwater Hall in Manchester as part of the CLIC Sargent Charity Christmas Concerts in 2011.

As individuals, all four are established as soloists, chamber and orchestral musicians: including performances at Cadogan Hall, Barbican and Royal Albert Hall, London and St.Davids Hall, Cardiff. 

They have been involved in various orchestras including the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, RNCM Symphony Orchestra, Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and Ορχήστρα των Χρωμάτων (Athens).

Welsh harpist Elfair GruDyer has recently returned to the UK after living in Bangkok, Thailand for two years working as a harp teacher and harpist in residence at the Tamnak Prathom Harp Center.

Esther has also been performing internationally as part of her Routes to Roots project with folk duo Twelfth Day – their project sees them travel to four different continents; sharing folk music traditions with the musicians they meet.

Angelina is a professional freelance harpist based in the North of England, she works as a practice supervisor at Chetham’s School of Music and plays with many local and national orchestras.

Elinor Nicholson has recently graduated from the masters degree at RNCM and is a freelance harpist regularly working for Live Music Now as part of the Meridiem Flute and Harp Duo.

Rebecca performs internationally as resident harpist on board the Cunard cruise ships, Queen Elizabeth & Queen Mary II.

Find out more here: cloudsharpquartet.com




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