Harpist Rebecca swaps Cleadon for the high seas

Harpist Rebecca Mills is going on a four-month cruise onboard the Queen Mary II to perform daily to passengers
Harpist Rebecca Mills is going on a four-month cruise onboard the Queen Mary II to perform daily to passengers
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A HARPIST is setting sail as her dreams come true.

Rebecca Mills has always wanted to becoming a professional musician and to see the world - and now she can do both at the same time.

Harpist Rebecca Mills is going on a four-month cruise onboard the Queen Mary 2 to perform daily to passengers

Harpist Rebecca Mills is going on a four-month cruise onboard the Queen Mary 2 to perform daily to passengers

The 23-year-old, of Cleadon, will embark on a four-month cruise on board the Queen Mary II on August 3 to play to audiences as it sails around America, Scandinavia, Canada, Tenerife, and France.

Rebecca, who graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with a degree in Harp Performance, said: “I’m so excited, this is such a dream come true. I’ve always wanted to see the world and to be a professional musician and now I can do both at the same time.

“I’ve been away from home a lot because I went to boarding school so it won’t be too hard to be away from home. I’ve got a great relationship with my family as well. We could be on opposite sides of the world and we’d still be really close.

“The ship is calling in at Liverpool at some point as well so it’ll be a great time for them to come along for a catch-up.”

Rebecca began learning the harp at the age of 13 after becoming fascinated with Marx Brothers movies from the 1920s, in which brother Harpo regularly played the instrument.

She said: “It was really difficult to learn at first - but not more difficult than moving it about.

“My grandmother, Maggie surprised me with my first harp one day. She took me into the music room and there it was. It was one of the smaller ones but it was beautiful and I just wanted to be able to play it.”

Rebecca is part of a harp quartet named Clouds, who have just released their self-titled debut album. The group regularly play concerts together.

She said: “Whenever we’re playing we always learn our music first so we don’t have to have music stands in front of us like a barrier.

“It’s important to us that the audience can see what’s going on and see how much we’re enjoying playing - it helps us to connect with them a lot more.

“Plus it’s hard enough for us to carry our harps around never mind having to carry music stands as well - that’s a lot for four girls to carry.”

Clouds are set to play at Sunderland Minster on July 31, starting at 7pm. Tickets cost £5. Call Stephen Pettitt on 07939 100296.

To buy a copy of Clouds’ debut album for £7 go to website {http://www.cloudsandharps.bigcartel.com/product/clouds, www.cloudsandharps.bigcartel.com/product/clouds}.