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Meet WNO

Katherine Thomas

Principal Harp

Growing up in the Valleys of South Wales, Katherine started playing the harp at school. After spending years in the then-thriving youth music system, she studied with David Watkins at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Freelancing for over 20 years, Katherine has been lucky to travel around the world with her harp. Her time working with the CBSO - under Musical Directors Simon Rattle and Sakari Oramo - has been influential in her career, and especially the mentoring she received from harpist Robert Johnston, who always called the harp 'the icing on top of the cake!'

Katherine has worked with WNO for over 20 years, learning so much from former harpist -  and teacher - Meinir Heulyn. Her true love is accompanying - and a good tune! Being able to play the Pearlfishers’ Duet with Welsh singers Dennis O’Neill and Bryn Terfel at the Wales Millennium Centre made for a truly unforgettable night.

Away from WNO, chamber music is an integral part of Katherine’s working life. She is a member of the Enigma Duo alongside violinist Laurence Kempton, where they are constantly expanding the boundaries of classical music and what it offers for this combination.

Much of her spare time involves trying to keep up with her daughter - on roller skates or on her bike! Whilst not on wheels, she can be found walking the Monmouthshire countryside. Her current challenge being Offa’s Dyke.