Inaugural informal harp concert
A dozen musicians
The final informal concert of this academic year took place on Wednesday 20 March in the Music Hall, and it was the inaugural informal harp concert.
Introduced by harp teacher Dr Grier, she was delighted that all 12 of her harp pupils were able to perform, many supported by friends and family in the audience.
Learning the harp is proving to be increasingly popular amongst the Junior School pupils, with five currently having lessons. Even though some had only been playing for a few months, they were already able to deliver impressive performances.
Dr Grier explained to the audience the difference between Lever Harps and Pedal Harps and some of the technical considerations when playing them which helped the audience appreciate the skills involved in playing any piece with a key signature in anything other than C, or when accidentals feature.
Along with solo performances from all 12 pupils, the Senior Harp Ensemble, featuring Kyra Stout, Ettejean Girvin, Fran Jenner and Connie Croft, both opened and closed the concert. They provided an accomplished demonstration of the delicate blend of sounds achieved when harps play together.
A recording is on the intranet.
Informal concerts will resume in the second half of the autumn term, but in the meantime there are plenty of concerts in the diary. On Friday 29 March there is the Sidbury Chamber Concert, whilst the Juniors are greatly looking forward to the Spring Concert on Tuesday 2 April. After Easter, the annual concert supporting WaterAid will take place in St. Michael’s and All Angels on Wednesday 1 May, and the Middle School Concert will be happening on Thursday 16 May in the Music Hall.