Hugh Webb was Principal Harp in the Philharmonia Orchestra from 2001 to 2012. He has worked extensively in contemporary music and has had pieces written for him with support from Arts Council England by Javier Álvarez, Robert Keely, Paul Archbold and Ian Dearden. Recent CD releases include
Bax’s Concerto for Flute, Oboe, Harp and String Quartet with the Academy of St Martin’s Chamber Ensemble, a disc of solo and chamber music by Nino Rota, a CD of French Renaissance songs with the medieval group Joglaresa, the complete Sonatas for violin and harp by Spohr and Bax’s Fantasy Sonata. He gave the first performance of Cyril Scott’s Celtic Rhapsody as part of Sidonie Goossens’ 100th birthday celebrations at Wigmore Hall in 1999. Hugh also performs as a jazz harpist and has given recitals at the European Harp Symposium and the World Harp
Congress. He is active in the commercial world of television, film and popular music, and has composed music for a show for children based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen. He has given numerous masterclasses throughout the country and has lectured at the Royal Academy of Music, the Paris Conservatoire and the Sweelinck Conservatoire in Amsterdam. Hugh now freelances with all the major London orchestras and frequently appears as Principal Harp in the John Wilson Orchestra.