Laura Penman

RPS Instrument Purchase Grant 2021 | £750 towards a clarsach

Laura Penman is a Clarsach player, pianist and composer, who has enjoyed playing traditional music from a young age. Now a student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, she has performed in venues such as the Usher Hall and Queens Hall in Edinburgh, as well as the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Laura has performed and taken part in many events such as Celtic Connections and The Scots Fiddle Festival, and she also competed in the. Royal National Mòd from a young age. She began learning the Clarsach through the Scottish Gaelic school she attended and the Edinburgh Fèis.

Now based in Glasgow, her most recent achievements and events have included winning The Junior Conservatoire of Music Traditional Music Prize two years in a row (2019, 2020), and taking part in the Gordon Duncan Experience Composition project, where she is looking to integrate Scottish harp into more contemporary trad ensembles.

Laura has received support from the Royal Philharmonic Society and the UMUK Sound Foundation to purchase her current Starfish harp. With this, she hopes to continue building her skills in performance, writing and teaching the Clarsach during her studies at the RCS, and looks forward to seeing what the future holds.