Valerie Aldrich-Smith

valerieSince graduating from Birmingham University and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Valerie has held the position of Principal Harp with the RTE Light Orchestra in Dublin, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Las Palmas, Spain and the Sadlers’ Wells Ballet Orchestra in London. She is currently Principal Harpist with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (NOW) and has appeared many times on TV and radio, with the orchestra and as a soloist.

Since 2005, Valerie has been invited to play with the World Orchestra for Peace, conducted by Valery Gergiev.   

Valerie is very much involved with the outreach and education work of the BBC NOW, giving masterclasses and workshops and participating in various community projects around Wales.