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Stephanie Halsey is classically trained harpist and vocalist from Hull. She graduated from The Royal Northern College of Music where she studied classical performance on the harp before embarking on a career change into the world of composition and jazz. Following the completion of a master's at the University of Hull in 2021, Stephanie now writes neo-soul inspired songs alongside experimental jazz and contemporary-classical improvisation.
Alongside composition, Stephanie regularly collaborates and performs with bands and musicians including The Broken Orchestra, The Dyr Sister, Stewart Baxter and Mark Slater for events at Hull's Freedom Festival, Trinity Live, Hull Jazz Festival, and at local grassroots venues including The New Adelphi Club and Home. Stephanie enjoys a diverse portfolio career including leading workshops for SEND groups, performing at Weddings and events across the country, and regularly performing with local orchestras.
Stephanie successfully applied for the Sound and Music Composer-Curator programme and is currently learning how to use Ableton and combine the harp with digital technologies to explore the world of sound manipulation and composition. Through the project, she will break down the pre-conceived barriers around a typically classical instrument by engaging with a range of audiences, through the introduction of the harp at workshops at The Warren and The Goodwin Trust, and by performing in public spaces including Northpoint Shopping Centre and Trinity Market.
The Dyr Sister
The Dyr Sister's Fairy-tales for the Modern Gentleman is an ever-growing compendium of anti-ballads chronicling the banality of modern existence.
Combining contemporary folk with post-hiphop and electronic music genres the Dyr Sister's songs are delivered with driving percussive beats via a backdrop of strings including Viola/Guitar (Sally Currie), Harp (Stephanie Halsey) and Bass Guitar (Sarah Shiels) and layered with haunting and ethereal vocal harmonies. This is a devastatingly beautiful expression of what it means to be alive and kicking and still telling tales in these bleak times.
This project brings together an outstanding collection of musicians from Kingston-Upon-Hull and the surrounding areas.