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Vicky Lester


Professional Orchestral

  • Scottish Opera
  • BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
  • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • English Touring Opera
  • Sonderborg Symphony Orchestra, Denmark
  • Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Norway
  • Manchester Camerata
  • London Contemporary Orchestra
  • Southbank Sinfonia
  • National Symphony Orchestra
  • Arts Symphonic
  • New Sussex Opera
  • Viva

Session work

  • Music Creations Ltd - Paul Spong
  • Steve Sidwell
  • Isobel Griffiths Ltd
  • Universal - KanYe West at Abbey Road
  • National Symphony Orchestra -  ‘Songs from Musicals’ recordings for a CDs at Angel Studios
  • Charlie Chaplin film score recordings of  “Gold Rush” and “A Woman of Paris” between London and Italy
  • Solo harp recorded on location in Bristol for the film ‘Paradise’
  • Film session: ‘La blonde aux seins nus’ at Angel Studios
  • Film session: ‘A Mighty Heart’ at Air Studios
  • Film session: ‘Deep Water’ at Air Studios 2


  • Brian May and Kerry Ellis at the Royal Albert Hall
  • Donovan and Jimmy Page at the Royal Albert Hall, complete orchestrated performance of “Sunshine Superman”
  • Russell Watson 2008, 2009, 2011 complete UK tours
  • Katherine Jenkins UK tour dates 2005-2011
  • Royal Variety Performance 2010, playing in the house band
  • Frank Zappa’s 70th Birthday weekend performance of “The Yellow Shark” at the Roundhouse, London 2010
    • repeat performance in Poznan International Festival August 2011
  • Belle and Sebastian tour dates 2010
  • ‘EGBDF’  by Andre Previn/Tom Stoppard at the National Theatre with Southbank Sinfonia 2009
  • Kanye West  UK tour dates including the Brit awards 2006, V Festival 2007 and performances on  Channel 4


  • Chamber concert with players from London Contemporary Orchestra and dancers from Rambert
  • Eurydice Trio, flute, viola, harp - Nationwide performances
  • Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” at Westminster Cathedral with Westminster Cathedral Choir
  • UK Premiere of Mozart Piano Concerto K414, arranged for harp by Skaila Kanga, at RAM
  • Debussy Danses - Edinburgh University String Orchestra
  • Duo recitals with flautist
  • Duo recitals with tenor


  • Private performance for Dame Judi Dench and guests through the Orpheus Foundation
  • Ravel Introduction and Allegro at Arundel Festival
  • Debussy Danses with Crendon Chamber Orchestra, Oxfordshire
  • Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto at RAM
  • ‘Harp and Horror Stories’ - Performances at the Arundel Festival
    • Featuring short stories by Edgar Allan Poe and the harp music which was inspired by them.
    • Repertoire included solo piece (Ballade Fantastique - Renié) and chamber music (Conte Fantastique - Caplet) 2008. Original concept premiered at RAM in 2006


  • St Paul’s Boys School and St Paul’s Girls School - Harp teacher (2010 – present)
  • Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama, String Training Programme - Professor of Harp  (2005-2009)
  • Masterclass with four Grade 7/8 students of harpist Thelma Owen, January (2006)
  • Intensive harp lessons (3 weeks) for actress Romola Garai to actually play the instrument in the film ‘Paradise’ (2006)
  • Two musical summer camps in Croatia for disabled children affected by the Balkan wars (2002 and 2003)
  • Music in the Community (University Course) placement in Saughton Prison, Edinburgh, running music workshops (2002-3)
  • Music in the Community Schools Project with 120 children from schools around Edinburgh (2003)
  • Private lessons for children and adults, 10 years experience


  • Royal Academy of Music - MMus in Performance with distinction (2004-06)
  • Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music, with distinction in viva-voce practical exam (2005)
  • Edinburgh University- BMus with Honours, 2:1 with distinction in final recital option (2000-04)

Prizes and Awards

  • Winifred Disney Entrance Scholarship to attend the Royal Academy of Music at postgraduate level (2004-06)
  • Countess of Munster ‘Star’ Award  (2005)
  • Musicians Benevolent Fund Award  (2004)
  • Bucher-Fraser Scholarship from Edinburgh University (2004)
  • Tovey Memorial Prize for Outstanding Performer of the Year, 2003 (University Competition)
  • Junior Award from Richmond Council to attend the junior departments of the RCM & RAM in turn
  • Music Scholarship to attend Godolphin and Latymer School

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