I have played for people of all shapes and sizes and I love bringing the harp to people who may not have seen the harp before. I'm passionate about demonstrating the versatility of the harp, to change people's preconceptions, playing music you might not expect to hear on the harp.
As a full time musician, composer & arranger, I specialise in arranging more unusual and upbeat music for the harp, in particular, rock, reggae and jazz, exploring new sounds for the harp.
I have developed my own unique repertoire of arrangements over the years, including: Michael Jackson, Nirvana, Bob Marley, Metallica, Massive Attack, Dire Straits, Dave Brubeck, Led Zeppelin & Guns n' Roses!
I love being an interactive part of the entertainment, and one of my favourite moments to date was having a little boy break dancing around me whilst I was playing Jimi Hendrix!
I have performed internationally with artists including Nigel Kennedy, and I am an active part of the music scene which has deeply enriched my palette of sounds. (See news page for more information).
I lead my own band the TORI HANDSLEY TRIO and have performed at the Purcell Room, Vortex, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. I have also studied with guitarists and piano players, to try and develop new sounds and techniques for the harp.
I am currently the recommended harpist for: Blenheim Palace, Highclere Castle (Downtown Abbey), The Ashmolean, Caswell House, Waddesdon Dairy, Eynsham Hall, Taplow House. I have performed for the Prime Minister, The Duke Of Marlborough & Jo Frogatt, amongst others.
Please contact me for further information.