photo: Elizabeth Beidler
Between March 31st and April 2nd, 2009, Camac Harps are holding their Third Camac Harp Days at Trinity College of Music, London. This year explores baroque and contemporary music, from early English songs on the triple harp, to Rhodri Davies's workshop on the relationship between improvisation and text. The young Parisian harpist Constance Luzzati will make her London debut; new writing for both acoustic and electric harps will be highlighted; and a propos the latest developments in harp manufacture, Camac Harps will introduce their brand-new Midi Harp.
March 31st, 2009
1030 - 1130, Trinity College of Music Studio Theatre
The festival opens with TCM Head of Harp Gabriella Dall'Olio in recital, with new works by Amir Tafreshipour, Tim Jackson and Errollyn Wallen.
Gabriella Dall'Olio has inspired audiences with solo recitals and chamber music concerts throughout the world and gained considerable international recognition and prizes. She has two highly acclaimed solo CDs to her name on Claves label, concertos, duos and chamber ensembles CD recordings. She collaborates regularly with some of the world finest orchestras and conductors, and her enthusiastic and communicative approach has given her a wealth of experience in all music fields, including community work and education. Gabriella is Head of Harp Studies at Trinity College of Music.
1200 - 1300, TCM Peacock Room
Suites, Dances and Divisions: a programme for harp and lute exploring Continental influences on music-making in England in the 17th century.
Frances Kelly (harp), David Miller (baroque lute, guitar and theorbo)
Nicolas Vallet (c. 1583 - c. 1642): Le Scret des Muses (Prelude, Courante, Gaillarde, Onder de Lindegröne, Carillon de village)
William Lawes (c. 1602 - c. 1645): Pavan on a theme by Cormacke
W. Lawes/René Mesengeau (d. 1638): Alman, Corant, Corant
Ennemond Gaultier (1575-1651): Tombeau de Mezangeau
Francesco Corbetta (1615-1681): Suite in C major for baroque guitar (Prelude, Almanda, Sarabanda, Corente Francese, Chiacona)
John Blow (1649 - 1708): Suite no. 1 in D Minor (Almand, Corant, Theatre Tune, Jigg)
Robert de Visée (fl.1680-1720): Allemande, Gavotte en
Godrey Finger (c1660-1730): Division on a Ground
John Playford (1623-1686): Dance Tunes from ‘The Dancing Master’Trained on the modern harp and with a music degree from Cambridge University, Frances Kelly was one of the first harpists to explore early harps, their repertoire and in particular, the use of the harp as a continuo instrument.
Well known both as a chamber musician and soloist, she is now a leading exponent pf early harps and much in demand as a continuo player. She has performed, broadcast and recorded with many distinguished ensembles including the Gabrieli Consort and Players, the Sixteen, the New London Consort, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment as well as working with English National Opera, Welsh National Opera and English Touring Opera. She has numerous chamber music recordings to her name as well as a solo Harp Collection, Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto, Handel’s Harp Concerto and Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols. Her work has taken her throughout Europe and to the USA, Mexico, China and Japan. She also enjoys a busy teaching practice at home and at both junior and senior departments at Trinity College of Music.
Frances’ work in 2008 included a recording on the modern harp as soloist with the Choir of St. John’s College Cambridge, performances of the Mozart concerto with Rachel Brown and the Hanover Band, South American baroque music with Ex Cathedra, Monteverdi’s Poppea at Glyndebourne Opera and at the Proms, Handel’s Samson at the Buxton Festival, Monteverdi’s Vespers in Venice, and various programmes with the Sixteen ranging from medieval music to Spanish baroque music to Handel’s Messiah.
David Miller is a long established soloist and well known as an accompanist and continuo player on lute, theorbo and early guitars, flourishing in the various realms of the early music world, as well as making his mark in the modern musical scene. He performs and records with all the principal English period instrument orchestras and with many of the finest ensembles. He is professor of lute at London's Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Trinity Laban. He is also a tutor for the European Union Baroque Orchestra, the Dartington International Summer School and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.
In 2008 David Miller and Elizabeth Wallfisch performed Vivaldi's concerto for lute and viola d'amore in performances with Chicago's 'Music of the Baroque'. David then travelled to New York for performances of Purcell's King Arthur in a collaborative production between New York City Opera and the Mark Morris Dance Company, conducted by Jane Glover. His future opera engagements include Dido & Aenea (ENO/Young Vic) and Handel productions of Allessandro (London Handel Festival) and Jephtha (Bordeaux Opera). He will also perform with English Touring Opera during the Autumn of 2009.
Among David’s numerous recordings are several CDs of English songs and lute music, including John Dowland discs with James Bowman and with Charles Daniels, as well as the complete works of John Danyel with Nigel Short. He has recorded a CD of consort music by Dowland with Concordia and the King’s Singers in a project commemorating the four hundredth anniversary of the gunpowder plot and plays on the recent BBC Television soundtracks of Francesco Da Mosto’s “Venice”, “The Canterbury Tales” and “Bob the Builder”.
1430 - 1630, TCM Studio Theatre
Workshop: Rhodri Davies
Pioneer of the harp avant-garde Rhodri Davies (now also famous for burning a harp on DVD) will give a workshop on free improvisation, open and graphic scores, and texts that aid improvisation, with special emphasis on Catherine Kontz's 'Tea Ceremony'.
photo: Alexis O'Hara
1930, TCM Peacock Room
The first evening welcomes the London debut of young French harpist Constance Luzzati, winner of numerous international prizes, and a specialist in music both early and new.
Constance Luzzati trained as both a harpist and musicologist. This background allows her to devote her time to extending the repertoire of the harp though the transcription of early music, with the help of harpsichordist Kenneth Weiss as part of her advanced studies at the National Paris Conservatoire, as well as through the exploration of contemporary music (in particular the world premiere of Tocar for solo harp by Bruno Mantovani in 2006).
After studying at the School of Music in Le Mans, and the Regional Paris Conservatoire, she began her studies at the National Paris Conservatoire where she won five awards : the award for harp, after training with Isabelle Moretti, with unanimously high marks from the jury, as well as awards for musical analysis, music history, musical culture and aesthetics. She then obtained her teaching proficiency certificate in musical culture and continued studying with Germaine Lorenzini, which led her to win several prizes at international competitions, including 1st prize in Wales in 2006, and 1st prize in Szeged in Hungary in 2007. She won the Avant-Scènes competition at the Paris Conservatoire in December 2006, then the Adami competition, as well as the Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet Foundation prize, which enabled her to pursue her studies of the baroque harp at Scuola Civica in Milan with Mara Galassi.
Constance performs regular recitals in France and abroad, in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Great Britain, Hungary, the Netherlands and Japan. In 2007 and 2008, she performed solo in Paris at the Cité de la Musique, Théâtre de la Ville, the Maison de la Radio and the Petit Palais concert halls, as well as at the European Harp Symposium in Cardiff, the World Congress in Amsterdam, the Folle Journée music festival in Nantes, the DuoDijon hall, at the Maison de la Musique in Nanterrre, the Gargilesse harp festival, the Besançon festival, the Kyoto festival and the Flâneries musicales festival in Reims. She has also been broadcast on Radio France, for whom she has recorded several shows and concerts for France Musique.
Johann Jakob Froberger (1616 – 1667) Lamentation
Bruno Mantovani (b.1974) Tocar
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683 – 1764) L'enharmonique
Philippe Hersant (b.1948) Bamyan
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683 – 1764) L'entretien des muses and les cyclopes
JS Bach (1685 – 1750) Partita n°1 for harpsichord
Elliott Carter (b. 1908) Bariolage
Alessandro Scarlatti (1660 –1725) Sonatas K9 and K10 in D minor
Yoshihisa Taïra (1937 – 2005) Sublimation
April 1st, 2009
TCM composition and harp students work on pieces for acoustic and electric harp, with Professor of Composition Duncan McCleod, Head of Harp Gabriella Dall'Olio and Composer in Residence Errollyn Wallen.
In order to give those who are working in the evening a chance to hear about Camac's Midi Harp too, Jakez François will also briefly introduce the harp prior to the official evening launch at 1830.
1400 - 1530, TCM Peacock Room
TCM harp students' solo concert
Luciano Berio: Sequenza II
Luciano Chailly: Improvissazione n.4
Sally Beamish: Awuya
Pierre Sancan: Theme and Variations
Valeri Kitka: Queen of Spades
Heinz Holliger: Sequenza über Johannes I, 32
Paul Hindemith: Sonate für Harfe
John Marson: El Picaflor
Marius Flothuis: Pour le Tombeau D’Orphée
1600 - 1730, TCM Studio Theatre
Music in England 1600 - 1660
Early Music Workshop by Frances Kelly, Claire Iselin and the Lawes Consort
Secular music in Stuart England was composed for private and domestic use on the one hand and for the large courtly masques on the other, entertainments on a lavish scale that included dances, pageants, songs and instrumental music.
Our programme includes a selection from these different genres: masque dances, songs by John Dowland, Thomas Campion, Robert Jones, John Wilson and Henry Lawes, lute solos and duets by Dowland and Robert Johnson and instrumental music by John Jenkins, Christopher Simpson and William Lawes, finishing with one of the remarkable Harp Consorts for violin, division viol, theorbo and harp that he wrote somewhere between 1635 and 1642.
1830 - 1730, TCM Studio Theatre
Camac Midi Harp Launch!
The launch of Camac's brand-new Midi Concert Harp, an amazing, state-of-the art instrument capable of over 500 sounds at the touch of a harp string!
Camac’s Midi Harp is both an electric harp – its first output is for normal amplified harp sound – and a midi instrument capable of 500 different midi sounds. It is also possible to mix the two, layering harp sound with piano, or trombone, or rock guitar, or percussion. 168 sounds can be programmed within the harp at any one time (removing the need to connect the harp to a computer until you want to change the settings). Midi frequencies also allow for amazing new effects – a tuning key glissando can be set to produce a pitch bend, as on a normal acoustic harp, but also to produce a perfect chromatic scale.
Photo: the first prototype of the Midi technology arrives in the Camac Harps factory!
April 2nd, 2009
Toru Takemitsu: And then I knew ‘twas Wind
Lowell Liebermann: Sonate for flute and harp, op. 56
Marjan Mozetich: El Dorado for harp and strings
Claude Debussy: Sonate for flute, viola and harp
Arnold Bax: Elegiac Trio
Maurice Ravel: Introduction and Allegro
1200 - 1400, TCM Peacock Room
Masterclass: Isabelle Perrin
After a first recital at the age of seventeen, Isabelle Perrin studied for three years at the Juilliard School of New York before joining the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Since 1990, she is co-principal harpist with the Orchestre National de France. International soloist, Isabelle Perrin has given many concerts and master-classes throughout Europe, Russia, USA, South America, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Australia, Africa, etc... She has also recorded a number of CD’s, including one highlighting the works of Bernard Andres, original works by Arnold Bax, for flute, viola and harp, with the Turner Trio, of which she is a founding member, a world premiere on a single action Harp of F.A. Boieldieu’s works, including the Sonata and the famous Concerto in C Major and a recording of Pierick Houdy’s pieces for harp and miscellaneous instruments, among them the “Concerto Français” which he dedicated to her, a SACD of favorite repertoire pieces and very recently a recital of all most famous French impressionist works for harp. Isabelle Perrin teaches at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris and has been appointed Visiting Professor to The Royal Academy of Music of London. Vice President of the World Harp Congress, Isabelle Perrin has also of late been knighted in the French Order of Arts et Lettres by the French Government in recognition to her involvement in the international musical world.
photo: Anne Roman
1530 - 1630, TCM Peacock Room
'New music, innovation and the importance of collaboration': Sioned Williams
Sioned Williams will present a lecture-recital about collaborating with composers on diverse new works.
Since 1990 Sioned has combined her position as Principal Harpist of the BBC
Symphony Orchestra with recitals, broadcasting, recording, researching and
teaching. Highly praised for her innovative solo recitals worldwide, Sioned
constantly expands her repertoire by researching and editing inaccessible music,
and premiering new works.
Sioned's concerto performances include all the major compositions as well as
many rarer works including Amir Tafreshipour's A Persian Reflection,
commissioned by the BBCSO in 2006. Renowned for working with the most
prestigious British choirs, in December 2007 she toured The Netherlands with The
Sixteen in performances of Britten's A Ceremony of Carols, which she also
performs with Tenebrae, King's College, Cambridge, St. Paul's Cathedral,
Westminster Abbey and Cathedral, Winchester Quiristers, Cantamus and others.
In duo recitals, she has partnered William Bennett, Michael Chance, Martyn Hill,
Steven Isserlis, Neil Mackie, Lisa Milne, Aurele Nicolet, Mark Padmore, Andrew
Watts and Roderick Williams. Many of Sioned's commercial recordings on major
labels have won international awards and apart from solo works, she has
partnered James Galway, Lisa Milne, A. Rolfe-Johnson, Frederica von Stade, The
BBC Singers, The BBCSO Chorus, The Holst Singers, The Sixteen, Westminster
Cathedral Boys Choir, and Winchester Quiristers on disc.
Sioned frequently edits, writes articles and reviews, appears on directorate
boards, panels and juries such as the BBC Young Musician of The Year, and is
president of the UK Harp Association.
photo: Norris Turner
1930, TCM Peacock Room
Closing Concert with Isabelle Perrin, Jakez François, Tim Sampson, Fergus Ireland
For the festival's closing concert, Isabelle Perrin will present the first half, performing some of the most important works in the virtuoso concert harp repertoire:
JS Bach Suite BWV996, original version (Prelude - Presto - Allemande - Courante - Sarabande - Bourrée - Gigue)
E. Parish-Alvars Serenade
B. Andrès Elégie pour la mort d'un berger
G. Fauré Impromptu