Kate Jackson (née Milne) has been playing the harp since she was nine years old. She earned a Music Scholarship to Downe House School in Berkshire and aged just thirteen, whilst studying under Daphne Boden, Kate won a prestigious place in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. As Principal Harpist of the NYO, Kate performed throughout the UK and Europe and had the opportunity to work with some of the world’s finest conductors and soloists. She has broadcast live on television and Radio 3, and whilst still at school she gained a Diploma of The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. During her teenage years, Kate built up an impressive list of performance venues playing at numerous concerts, competitions and weddings, and started teaching her first pupils.
After studying with Susan Drake for four years, Kate gained an Associateship to The Royal College of Music with Honours in Harp Performance (ARCM Hons). Following this, she achieved a 2:1 in a Music degree at Newnham College, Cambridge University, where she also held a music scholarship. Kate gave regular solo and ensemble performances on the harp as well as finding time to captain the Cambridge University Ladies Real Tennis Team and represent her College at tennis and squash.
After university, Kate worked for a number of years in London, finding time outside work to perform for charity and corporate events in some of the capital’s most exclusive locations. She is now based in Eton, Berkshire, enjoying a successful career as a classical harpist playing throughout the South of England. Her captivating sound, extensive repertoire and wealth of experience, combined with a charming professional manner, ensures she is much in demand.
Kate's previous venues include:
10 Downing Street
St James’s Palace
St Paul’s Cathedral
Royal Albert Hall
Houses of Parliament
Royal Hospital Chelsea
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Theatre des Champs Elysees, Paris
Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels
Festspielhaus, Baden Baden
St Davids Hall, Cardiff
One Great George Street, Westminster
The Anvil, Basingstoke
King's College Chapel, Cambridge