Kent Music is proud to celebrate young harpist Hannah Runting, who has been placed second in her category of the North London Harp Competition, a national event which is well-recognised in the music world.
This year’s competition ran virtually, which was in fact a blessing in disguise for Hannah. While under normal circumstances, travel to the capital with a harp in tow may have proved challenging, the virtual competition meant Hannah was readily able to access the competition in an excellent example of finding the positives in difficult times!
Talking about the competition, Hannah says “I used this experience to gain confidence with recording, explore more challenging solo repertoire, and open up a new world of solo performance. I did not expect to place so highly and took part to keep me playing “to people” and receive feedback to help me with my performance.”
Hannah began her journey with the harp at the young age of seven, having heard the instrument on the radio at Christmastime. She says, “I feel like it chose me not the other way round!”, apparently a common story for young harpists. Since then her passion for the instrument has only grown, finding joy in the ability to express herself and her creativity through music, with chamber music becoming a particular passion of hers.