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Esther Swift explores ritual, connection, isolation, and the natural world in her performance with pedal harp and voice.
A prolific, boldly innovative Scottish harpist, composer and singer, Esther works across genres as diverse as classical chamber music and free improvisation and writes for ensembles large and small.
Having studied at Edinburgh’s St Mary’s Music School and the Royal Northern College of Music, as well as with harp pioneer Catriona McKay, she has received numerous prestigious commissions and featured in many international collaborations.
Esther has traveled to Vietnam, New Zealand, Malaysia, Mongolia, and beyond with her music, and shared international, music lead collaborations with musicians and other artists around the world.
She has recently been commissioned by Celtic Connections, Chamber Music Scotland, Manchester Jazz Festival and The Edwin Morgan trust and performed internationally with her band Emergence Ensemble.
Esther performed on her debut New Zealand Tour in Feb 2018 to a sell out Fairfield concert in the middle of a wild storm.. Esther, a prolific songwriter, with a deep love of Scotland, specifically the Scottish Borders, where she grew up, lets nature continually inspire and influence her music