VOICE & HARP
I began my professional career as a singer and harpist. For over 20 years, my performances have included television, radio and concert appearances in the UK, Ireland, Europe and Australia.
Some of the notable clients that I have played for include The National Trust, The Woodland Trust, Mercedes Benz, The Royal Institute of British Architects, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society and The England Football Team. I have also played in some stunning venues, including The Dorchester, Highclere, Leeds Castle, The National Botanic Gardens of Wales and The Bodleian Library at Oxford University.
Probably my most unusual performance has been live on BBC1’s Crimewatch, playing an example of a stolen harp for over six million viewers.
“Exquisite, beautiful music blends intelligently with a deep knowledge of the evolution of the harp, delivered with a light and humorous touch. A very special musical experience.”
— Janet May-Bowles – New Jordans
SOUND HEALING & THERAPEUTIC MUSIC
The harp has been known as an instrument of solace and healing since ancient times. For thousands of years, people have delighted in stories of the young King David soothing Saul’s troubled soul with his lyre and of the magical harp owned by the Irish god, The Dagda, that played three therapeutic strains of joy, release and restful sleep.
Despite the undoubted privilege of performing for such prestigious clients, I found myself becoming more drawn towards playing for those in need of the harp’s healing qualities. I undertook a four-year training with the Therapy Harp Program as a Certified Healthcare Musician and, since then, I have given restorative music sessions for care homes and support organisations. Some of my most fulfilling experiences have been playing for babies, parents and staff in the children’s intensive care ward of a Dublin hospital and creating an anxiety-reducing interactive performance for vulnerable prisoners at HM Prison Bullingdon.
In addition, I trained with the College of Sound Healing and I am qualified to offer voice, harp, gongs, singing bowls, tuning forks, and shamanic drum in my one-to-one sound healing practice.
“So many people spoke of the spirit of gentle peace, relaxation and oneness that they experienced from you.”
— Liz Barry – Care for the World Team, Wheatley URC
WORDS & MUSIC PERFORMANCE
As well as being an instrument of healing, the harp is also associated with bards, poets and storytellers. As a poet myself and a lifelong lover of folklore and mythology, it was probably inevitable that I should be drawn to mythic tales of harps and harpers and their equivalent in other cultures. I also became smitten with the lyres, zithers and lutes of wisdom keepers from around the world and I learned to play several of them: the tagelharpa of the Norse skald-poets; the kantele of the Finnish rune-singing shamans; the Ancient Greek lyre of Orpheus; the Persian setar of the Sufi mystics and the one-stringed ichigenkin of the wilderness-loving Taoist and Zen sages.
Eventually, I set about creating my own performances of song, poetry, story, myth and music played on these stringed instruments and a variety of world flutes.
“We were deeply moved by the intensity, sincerity, artistry and professionalism of your performance today. And it was clear that others were similarly deeply moved.”
— Keith C. – High Wycombe Quaker Meeting
POETRY & SONG
Alongside the songs and poetry that find their way into my performances and healing work, I have written both as a personal way to explore and reflect my view of the world as both meaningful and beautiful. I love traditional music from around the world and have translated several folk songs into English from such languages as Spanish, Sephardic, Farsi and Russian.
My poetry chapbook, King of the Wood, is available from Amazon and this website and my latest song album, The Cartographer’s Daughter and The Stargazer’s Son is due for release in Spring 2023.
“I can highly recommend this book of poetry and photography from the brilliant Paula Tait. Beautiful, mindful and tranquil.”
— Tom Corneill – Musician and Host of Everyday Problems Podcast
TEACHING, SUPPORTING & INSPIRING
I am a qualified Nāda Yoga (sound yoga) teacher, registered as a 200 hour yoga teacher and currently studying for my advanced 500 hour certification. I teach my own courses on the spirituality of sound, music and song from a variety of approaches, including those of Hinduism, Sikhism, Sufism, Buddhism, Shamanism and the Western esoteric tradition. I have also given workshops, masterclasses and lectures for organisations that include The Lake Erie Institute (USA), The Federation of Holistic Therapists, Therapy & Nature UK, Week of Prayer for World Peace, Zenways and The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
“Paula brings interest, curiosity, and personal wisdom. She has passion, insight, imagination and determination.”
— Andreas Kornevall – Storyteller, Ecologist and Tutor for College of Psychic Studies