Esther Swift

Esther Swift celebrates local poets and composers, including two new works, commissioned by the Edwin Morgan Trust to mark his centenary year.

Edwin Morgan Trust logo  Edwin Morgan Centenary Year 

Broadcast on Wednesday 26 May at 7:30pm and available to view on demand until 4th June.
Harpist, composer and singer Esther Swift is internationally recognised for her contribution to the pedal harp and her distinct compositions and songwriting style.

She is a leader in creative collaboration in Scotland having worked with The Unthanks, Aidan O’Rourke, Chris Wood and Siobhan Wilson and Kirsty Law, among others. She plays in acclaimed duo Twelfth Day, and writes and performs with respected group Clouds Harp Quartet, as well as regularly performing her solo material. 

Esther has been commissioned to write music for Chamber Music Scotland, Manchester Jazz Festival, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Ayrshire Opera and The Scottish Forestry Commission, among others. 

In this concert broadcast from Perth Theatre, Esther celebrates local poets and composers, through her versatile and rhythmically driven harp playing and singing.  She will book end the program with two brand new works commissioned by the Edwin Morgan Trust, to mark his centenary year, and celebrate his extraordinary journey as a poet.  She will also be showcasing recently commissioned settings of works by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy and dry witted, fearless poet Rachel McCrum.  She will then perform a theatrical work by Edinburgh based composer Neil Smith, entitled The Music Lesson.  In this instrumental work the genuine joy of learning the harp is meshed with a dark atmosphere that slowly and quietly reveals its true subject matter.