Pauline Harding is a British classical music journalist, violinist and artist. She is currently contributing editor of The Strad magazine in London, where her articles and photographs are published regularly. She is also working towards a PhD at UCL’s Institute of Archaeology (AHRC), entitled, ‘Ritual, Identity and Ideology: Constructing the Past in Sub-Saharan Africa’.
Pauline read music at York University and in her final year set up her own music careers magazine, Leading Note, winning the White Rose Centre for Enterprise Business Planning Award 2006 for her idea. She then became editorial assistant of BBC Music Magazine, where she received the BBC Magazines Newcomer of the Year Award (highly commended) 2007. After one year as a music journalist she began undergraduate studies in Egyptian archaeology at UCL, achieved first-class honours and received a scholarship to do a masters degree in archaeological site management, which she passed with distinction. Her dissertation looked at how heritage projects might be used as a tool for conflict resolution in Afghanistan. On its completion, she worked for NGO BAAG on projects surrounding women’s rights in Afghanistan, including an exhibition at the House of Commons.
In 2011 Pauline became a freelance editor and writer for Thames & Hudson, where she worked on books such as Stefano Papi’s 20th-Century Jewelry and the Icons of Style. She joined the editorial team of The Strad in 2012 and has since interviewed violinists Itzhak Perlman, Christian Tetzlaff, Nicola Benedetti, Nigel Kennedy, cellists Stephen Isserlis and Alban Gerhardt, and many more top classical musicians.
Pauline (DipABRSM ISM) started learning the violin when she was four years old and won her first chamber music prize in the under 16s quartet category of Southampton Music Festival when she was nine. At 14 she became leader of the Hampshire County String Orchestra, with which she appeared as a soloist while on tour in Germany, Poland and the UK. For several years she worked as a chamber music associate at Dartington International Summer School, where she organised and coached adult amateur string quartets. She performs as a soloist and chamber and orchestral musician across London and beyond. Her teachers have included Bill Leary (RLPO/LPO), Sophie Langdon (RAM) and Sarah Quinn (LSO/Guildhall).