13 Year Old Harp Prodigy Graduates Elite Music College
Rosie Gill has earned ARSM and ATCL diplomas
Rosie Gill, a 13 year old harp prodigy from Hampshire, England, has become one of the youngest associate members of the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity College London. Gill has earned ARSM and ATCL diplomas with distinction from the college. She is one of the best youngest musicians in the United Kingdom.
“I love the harp, it’s my favorite thing in the world,” Gill tells the BBC. “I just love music. It’s the first thing I do when I come home from school. I just want to play it all the time.”
“Oh, I’m immensely proud, but also, I’d stop breathing because I’m nervous for her. I just want her to be happy,” her mother Caroline Gill states. “It’s quite emotional listening to her play. I have to hold it together.”
The young musician teaches a class of eight to nine year olds at Ballard School.
“I arrange all of the music, I teach them and help tune the harps,” the younger Gill explains. “My mum’s sort of an authority figure.”
Gill has been playing since she was seven years old and has won numerous awards. Her harp cost more than £15,000 or $20,000 American dollars, forcing the family to move so they could afford it.
Gill plays at weddings and raises money for charity. She has performed for Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, the National Illustration Awards at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain, the International Harp ensemble, Handel’s Harp Concerto, on BBC television and more with a world tour in the works.