Lizzie Peacock, harpist based in Nelson, New Zealand


Most people see the harp as being angelic. It can be - but actually, I've always wanted to make it cool. After all, nobody expects to hear Coldplay on a harp, and I love seeing people's faces when they realise what it can do.

If you'd like to hear me play, click here.

After working in the UK for six years, and two years in Hong Kong, I have now moved to Nelson, New Zealand!

Why I became a harpist

I started playing the harp when I was 16 years old. I'd already been learning the piano for 10 years - but then I went to a concert, spotted the harp and couldn't take my eyes off it. The harp looked stunning, it made a magical sound and I just knew straightaway that I needed to learn how to play this amazing instrument.

I ended up studying both the harp and the piano. I have a BMus (Hons) music degree from Royal Holloway University of London, an associate diploma in harp performance from the ABRSM and a licentiate diploma in piano performance from Trinity College London. I also have ABRSM qualifications in teaching the piano

Here's a quick rundown of what I do these days. Get in touch on by email at lizzie@lizziepeacock.co.uk for any of the following:

About my harp... It's not what you'd expect

Most harps are gold and a bit... well, twiddly and ornate. Mine doesn't look like that. It's a Pilgrim Malvern pedal harp - matt black, modern and elegant. If you'd like to see it, and also hear what it sounds like, have a listen.

I also have a Clarsach lever harp. It's just as sleek and eye-catching as the Malvern but more compact, so there's no need to worry about accessibility to smaller venues. It's also much more suitable for outdoor venues.

Need help with hiring or buying a harp?

Immediately after leaving university I worked at Pilgrim Harps, the people who made both my own instruments, where I demonstrated the harp to customers and gave them advice on buying and hiring harps.

The harp is an expensive instrument, and it can sometimes be difficult to know whether you're getting the best value for money. If you're thinking of buying or hiring a harp and need some advice, just get in touch. I'd be happy to help. Drop me a quick email at lizzie@lizziepeacock.co.uk, or call me on +64 21 083 19300.