Mary Morley began playing the harp at the age of seven, and studied under Mair Jones of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. At the age of fourteen she was accepted as a pupil of the late Russian harp teacher Renata Scheffel-Stein, and studied with her until gaining an Honours Degree in Music and Media Studies from the University of Kent in 1983.
Mary then went on to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, where she studied with David Watkins for a further 2 years. In her time there she won a Cripplegate Scholarship, and was also awarded the Max Hext Prize for outstanding contribution to Chamber Music, and the Sir Carl Meyer Memorial Prize for general excellence.
In addition to playing with many orchestras, Mary has given numerous harp recitals both in this country and abroad, and plays at weddings and various other functions. She currently combines a career of performing, as well as music teaching.
Mary has had years of experience of playing for functions, and has played at venues such as Abode Hotel Canterbury, Allington Castle, Althorp House, Ashford International Hotel, Audley End House, Boys Hall Ashford, Barbican Centre, Boughton Golf Club, Brands Hatch, Broome Park, Canterbury Cathedral, Chart Hills Golf Club, Chilston Park, Cooling Castle Barn, Eastwell Manor, Hever Castle, Knowle Country House, Langshott Manor, Leeds Castle, Little Silver Country Hotel, Lympne Castle, Old Kent Barn, Port Lympne Mansion House, Preston Court, Reads Restaurant, Rowhill Grange, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St Augustine’s Priory Bilsington, Salmestone Grange, Sharsted Court, Turkey Mill, Waltham Court Hotel, Wallets Court & Whitstable Castle.
Mary is available as a wedding harpist, or to play the harp at private functions eg. Corporate functions, lunches, dinners, birthday parties etc, but early booking is advisable since she will only take on one function per day.
Mary performs a wide variety of music ranging from classical to light popular, is happy to provide a musical background for virtually any occasion, and will always discuss particular requests with clients.