Samantha and Heather met in 2008 whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London. They had an instant rapport and formed the ‘Acacia Duo’, performing together in concerts and master classes.
They have experience performing at weddings, functions and occasions as well as recitals. They enjoy working together in this smaller chamber combination for its beautiful and romantic sound, and the variety of venues it can take them to.
Samantha Pearce was born in Kent and studied at the North East of Scotland Music School in Aberdeen with David Nicholson. She completed a BMus(Hons) with first class and the Chris Taylor flute prize from the Royal Academy of Music before studying with Robert Winn at the Hochschule fur Musik und Tanz in Koln.
She is currently a professional freelance flautist performing in chamber and orchestral concerts around the country. She performed Ibert’s flute concerto with the Royal Academy of Music’s Concert Orchestra and won the June Allison Woodwind Award 2012 from the Martin Musical Scholarship Foundation. Samantha has performed a solo recital at Royal Festival Hall and enjoyed performing with many of the UK’s finest orchestras including BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Opera and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She is also a member of the Live Music Now scheme and a keen Baroque flute player.
Heather Wrighton was inspired to play the harp at the age of six and as a junior student at Trinity College of Music she studied harp with Gabriella Dall’Olio and Frances Kelly and continued her studies at The Royal Academy of Music, London with Karen Vaughan, graduating with an MA (Distinction), BMus(Hons) and an LRAM.
Heather currently freelances as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician which has lead her to perform at prestigious concert venues including The Royal Festival Hall, Cardiff Millennium Centre, Royal Opera House, Cadogan Hall, St John’s, Smith Square, Kings College Chapel, Cambridge, Glyndebourne Opera House, Kensington and St James’ Palaces.
From a young age Heather has been interested in different types of harps and in addition to the Classical Harp she plays Celtic, Baroque triple and Paraguayan Harps.