attended the Royal Academy of Music in London, England,
and studied under the watchful eye of Maria Korchinska.
In 1983, she
was the hostess of the Maria Korchisnka
International Harp Competition & Workshop, which was held on the Isle
of Man between England
Karen was one
of the founding members of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and was the
principal harpist of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra before joining the
London Symphony Orchestra in 1984.
In 2003, she
was elected to the board of directors of the World Harp Congress. She has also served as the WHC’s associate artistic director, and the U.K.
Harp Association’s vice president. In 2005 and 2008, she participated
in the Dublin and Amsterdam congresses, respectively.
which she appears include: A Child’s Introduction to
Classical Music; Classikhan,
The Planets, John
Adams: A Flowering Tree, Music of Hope and Works by Miklos
Carlo Menotti/Marc Lavry with the LSO; Copland/Corigliano: Clarinet
Prelude, Fugue & Riffs with David Amos; Essential Dance & Ballet Classics; Fresh Aire 8 by Mannheim Steamroller;
The London Harp Sound with
Geoffrey Simon; Mayr:
Medea in Corinto
with David Parry; the Modern Masters
series; and, Romantic Classics: A Sensual Collection.
She can also
be heard on the soundtracks of Braveheart, Little
Women, The Queen, The Shatterer
In the field
of music education, she has served on the faculties of the Guildhall School
of Music and Drama, the Harp Masters Academy,
the Purcell School,
the Royal Academy of Msuisc, and the Royal Scottish Academy
of Music and Drama.
Karen has also
adjudicated at the International Harp Competition, coached the National
Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, the National Youth Orchestra of Wales and
the Pacific Youth Orchestra, and given master classes around the world and
on the worldwide web, to the YouTube Symphony Orchestra.