We're often asked about the effects of temperature and humidity on harps. You can find the answers, and many more, in Elizabeth Jaxon's fab Camac video guide (above). But you don't need a video guide to tell you that Antarctica is not what most instrument makers envisage, and in 2011, the blue harp was put through its paces as part of Alice Giles's amazing Antarctica project. We had no idea how it would do, so we were pleased to hear it went "not a bit sharp and was seemingly unconcerned" by the sub-zero temperatures.
Alice and the Big Blue in Antarctica
Alice Giles is the granddaughter of Arctic meteorologist Cecil Thomas Madigan, and was awarded an Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship to create a multimedia performance commemorating the First Australasian Antarctic Expedition (1911-1914). Californian harpists now have a chance to experience this in the much warmer surroundings of Pasedana, LA, with our partners Pacific Harps. The concert will take place on October 6th, 7:30 PM at the First Baptist Church of Pasadena. Entry for students is free, and you can book tickets here.
In the evening of October 7th, Alice will give a masterclass in the Pacific Harps showroom, for which you can sign up here. Don't miss this great opportunity to work with one of the world's most distinguished harpists, and discover a fascinating programme of new music.
Can't make it to California? Find out more about booking "Alice in Antarctica" here.