Online | Young Artists’ Platform: Elin Samuel

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29 Oct 2020 — 28 Feb 2022
  • Music
Harpist Elin Samuel discusses her musical career to date in a short film made especially for the Museum.

The Museum hosts a Thursday lunchtime concert each month which features some of the finest young players of the moment, from students at the Yehudi Menuhin School and ensembles working with Music for Youth, to those studying for undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications at UK conservatoires. Since current circumstances have prevented our young artists from coming to the Museum, we caught up with them at home and asked them to talk about their musical careers to date, plus share some performances with us.

Born in Swansea, South Wales, Elin Samuel began her harp studies at the age of 10. She has since established herself as a freelance harpist in both London and South Wales. Elin enjoys a varied freelance career having performed with the orchestra of the Ballet Rambert, the London Chamber Orchestra and the London Concert Orchestra. Elin is very grateful to have been accepted onto the Philharmonia Martin Musical Scholarship Foundation programme for 2019/2020 where she will be mentored by the principle harpist of the Philharmonia Orchestra, Heidi Krutzen.

Having found comfort in the work of composer Debussy, Elin particularly recommends his chamber concerto for harp and strings, Danse Sacrée et danse profane. Listen to the second part of the concerto.

Elin plays Debussy herself in this next video – a transcription of an early piano piece entitled Ballade that Elin has made herself. It’s rarely performed, and Elin was delighted to discover how beautifully it works in this arrangement for solo harp. Watch Elin perform.

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