Elin Harries was raised in a Welsh-speaking family in Pembrokeshire. She studied voice and harp at the Royal Academy of Music and continued her studies at Goldsmith's achieving her M.Mus in performance with distinction in her final recital. Notable teachers include Evelynn Tubb and Kenneth Bowen. A keen recitalist, Elin particularly enjoys performing with intimate chamber ensembles and has toured South Wales funded by the Welsh Arts Council.
Elin’s oratorio solo experience includes Monteverdi Vespers, Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Pergolesi Stabat Mater and Magnificat, Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Messiah, Haydn’s Nelson and Little Organ Masses, Mozart’s Requiem, Regina Coeli and Great Mass in C minor, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb and Ceremony of Carols, and Judith Weir’s Ascending into Heaven. Venues include St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields, St. John’s Smith Sq, St. James’s Piccadilly and Holland Park Open Air Theatre.
Operatic roles include Susannah in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, solos in The Fairy Queen and King Arthur, Nekaya in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Utopia ltd. and Nicolai’s A Night in Windsor Forest. Chorus work includes Madam Butterfly under Kent Negano with Opera de Lyon.
Elin’s singing voice can be heard alongside that of Ewan McGregor in the much acclaimed Miramax film of Jane Austen’s Emma.
She is a regular performer at Handel House. Other recent venues include Lauderdale House, Garrick's Temple, the Lovekyn Chapel, Orleans House in Twickenham, the Sir John Soane Museum, Forty Hall in Enfield and Vauxhall Gardens. A keen music researcher, particularly of English music, Elin can often be found in the British Library, re-discovering much neglected works. As the regular soloist with The Stanesby Players, Follia and Loki Music she has ample opportunity to perform her ‘finds’.
Elin also performs with cellist Carina Drury as ARCATA la mode. They recently featured on Resonance fm, discussing works for soprano accompanied by 'bass alone'.
Projects for this year include a CD of English songs and cantatas with recorder. She is very excited to be returning to the splendid Gothic Villa, Strawberry Hill House in December, for an evening of 18th century music and words, sharing the stage with one of her personal heroes, Sir David Attenborough as narrator.
ARCATA la mode
Elin Harries soprano &
Carina Drury Baroque cello
The practice of peforming baroque and restoration songs accompanied by 'bass alone' is now much neglected, but was in the 17th and 18th century, considered a viable alternative to keyboard or lute accompaniment, creating a totally different soundworld as the two line, voice and bass, weave together.
YEO YAT-SOON – HARPSICHORD
Handel & the Italian Chamber Duet
music by Steffani, Clari, Handel & Pepusch
Elin Harries Soprano &
Nathaniel Mander Fortepiano
perform English Canzonets and arias from the late 18th and early 19th century.