Matilda Whates

RPS Instrument Purchase Grant 2021 | £1000 towards a harp

Harpist Matilda Whates is a first year undergraduate at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she received a scholarship to study. Matilda grew up in Devon where she was a member of South West Music School for three years.

In 2015 Matilda successfully auditioned for the National Youth Harp Orchestra of Great Britain, and in 2017 was selected as a section leader. Matilda has enjoyed performing across Europe and Great Britain; a highlight being a concert that included a solo performance at the Yehudi Menuhin Hall. In 2019 Matilda was awarded first prize in the Mid-Somerset and Bristol Festival of Music where she was also awarded the most promising player. Last year Matilda won her harp category at the North London Festival. From the age of ten to seventeen, Matilda volunteered weekly playing the harp at her local hospice and returns to play each Christmas.