Rachael is one of the very few harpists in the UK working in jazz. She has performed at many of Britain’s leading jazz festivals and venues including Ronnie Scott’s, Brecon Jazz Festival and Glasgow Jazz Festival amongst others. She has an extensive discography and appears regularly at jazz venues in mainland Europe as well.
“Gladwin’s talents are expansive and too formidable for her to be pigeonholed into clichéd ethereal flourishes. Even if the harp never becomes a standard part of the jazz combo, players like Gladwin make a point for its place on the bandstand” – Terrell Holmes, All About Jazz New York, August 2010
“Rachael Gladwin evoked an Alice Coltrane ambience by playing some of the hippest harp London had heard for years. Some of her mid-range octave passages sounded like Wes Montgomery stretching out on guitar” – Jack Massarik, The London Evening Standard, December 2010
“The eloquence of Gladwin’s playing lies in her use of space, whether it’s through ornamental single-note lines or by swinging vibrantly, strumming the harp and producing deep notes during an opulent solo. She has an excellent sense of the moment, knowing when to lend support and when to step into the spotlight” – Terrell Holmes, All About Jazz New York, August 2010.
“Matthew Halsall… has a secret weapon: Rachael Gladwin’s harp. She solos confidently and adds a glittery timbre to the ensemble statements” – John L Walters, The Guardian, August 2010
“Highly-rated harpist Rachel Gladwin returns on two tracks; ‘Higher Regions’ and the title track, recorded at the beginning of the year, during this year’s cold, winter and her serene playing convey both the magic of the angelic instrument and the mood of a cold winter” – Sanjiv Ahluwalia, The Fly, April 2010