Julia Somerville

ARTFORMS: Music , Harp


Julia Somerville's CV would be impressive for someone twice her age.

In 2002 she was invited to perform in the public masterclass taken by Edward Witzenburg at the Edinburgh Harp Festival. In 2004 she won a chance to study with Charlotte Seale, internationally-renowned harpist and teacher, at Junior Guildhall. This required Julia to make weekly trips to London, demonstrating her dedication and commitment to her music.

In 2005 she was thrilled to be invited by the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland to perform with Camerata Scotland in their summer tour. Given the exceptionally high standard of this pre-professional orchestra, it was a particular honour to be invited, especially since Julia was not yet studying at a music conservatory.

From Edinburgh, Julia is already an experienced performer and has won many major competitions in harp. Demonstrating such a talent already, it is evident that a very successful career as a professional harpist beckons.

How the Award Helped

Julia received a Daughter of Dewar Award towards a new harp.

Since the Award

Julia writes that "the [new] harp has allowed me to build on my record of achievement". In 2006 she gained ABRSM Grade 8 Pedal Harp on the basis of a 'superb recital of the highest standard'. Julia is continuing her musical studies at the University of Edinburgh.

The purchase of a first-rate pedal harp ..thanks to [your] support ..marked a major turning point in my career.