Tamsin Dearnley is a professional lever harpist, composer and arranger.
As a child, Tamsin couldn't decide if she wanted to be a harpist, a trapeze artist or an expert on Japanese art. So she hedged her bets: six years of nagging persuaded her parents to let her have harp lessons; as a more rebellious eighteen-year-old she (politely) informed her parents she was taking up a year's place in a circus school before going to university to read Japanese.
Music, however, remained a constant, and she has since become a passionate advocate of the versatility of the lever harp. She has performed and taught in a variety of (mostly respectable) locations around the world.
When she was forced to stop playing the harp for several years due to injury, she turned to writing music instead of playing it, and (to her immense surprise) was accepted onto master's degree course to study composition at the University of Edinburgh under Nigel Osborne.
She now divides her time between performing, teaching and composing.