harpist, composer, filmmaker, mum, bee-keeper, choir-member, life-lover, woodland-creator
Makes Good Cake.
All of my creation is an effort to weave a web of connection with the world. – Anais Nin
Elizabeth-Jane Baldry studied at Exeter University and the Royal College of Music and now gives around eighty performances a year from recitals in historic houses or on specialist arts cruises to weddings and funerals. She is the only silent movie harpist in the world, performing live accompaniment to cinema screenings of early film. Her compositions have been used by ITV, the BBC and by Irish, Japanese, Danish and Canadian film, radio and television. She has performed to sold-out audiences in the US, in Italy and in France.
Her unique research into Victorian Fairy Harp Music has led to a CD with worldwide distribution; radio and TV broadcasts; a West End stage show with actor Simon Callow for which she also wrote the songs; appearances at the Royal Academy of Art exhibition of Victorian Fairy Paintings and at Prince Charles’s unveiling of the restored Elfin Oak Tree in Kensington Gardens; involvement in the major French exhibition Dragons, Elfes et Fées; and an appearance in the award-winning Canadian television documentary The Fairy Faith.
Elizabeth-Jane’s uniquely rich tone on the harp has graced several film/TV soundtracks screened in over thirty countries including America, Canada, Iceland, Kenya, Iran, South Africa, Poland and Cyprus.
She lives in a granite cottage full of books and harps in the vibrant Dartmoor village of Chagford. In her community she is founder of the Chagford Filmmaking Group, a non-profit voluntary organization dedicated to preserving the nation’s folklore and fairytale heritage through films of British fairytales; the group has received funding awards from the EU and the UK Film Council for its work. In 2014, Elizabeth-Jane was selected by the Directors Guild of Great Britain for their talent development scheme.
In her spare time, Elizabeth-Jane loves growing trees and is creating a magical woodland where she can brew tea in a twig kettle, keep bees and listen to birdsong. Sometimes she gets up on Sunday mornings early enough to sing in the church choir. Her tiny granite cottage is full of music, books and harps, and the kettle is always on for friends.