Harpist Edna Phillips (1907-2003) was just 23 – and had only been playing for five years - when , in 1930, Leopold Stokowski appointed her principal harp at the Philadelphia Orchestra – the first woman ever to join a major American orchestra. Phillips faced extreme prejudice, but her performances were acclaimed by both audiences and critics. Phillips is given prominence in Stokowski's orchestra in Disney's Fantasia. Photo: Emil Rhodes/Family collection
American musician Sara Cutler plays harp as she performs 'Songs from Solomon's Garden' (by Matthias Pintscher), with the American Composers Orchestra (conducted by George Manahan) during the 'Orchestral Underground Eastern Wind' concert at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall, New York, New York, April 1, 2016. Visible behind her is Chris Oldfather on piano.
Harp maker John Hoare moves a Pedal Harp between workshops at Pilgrim Harps on November 25, 2010 in South Godstone, England. Using traditional crafts and techniques, Pilgrim Harps have been producing bespoke Pedal, Lever and Lap harps since 1980, and are one of the only remaining hand made harp producers left in the UK.
The National High School Orchestra with more than 300 High School musicians coming from North America, is playing on bord of the Aquitania in the harbour of New York, in the foreground a row of harpists. Photography. 1935. (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images) [Das National High School Orchestra mit ueber 300 High School Musikern aus ganz Nordamerika spielt auf dem Schiff Aquitania im Hafen von New York, im Vordergrund eine Reihe von Harfenistinnen. Photographie. 1935.]