We've just sent six Atlantides for the final part of Marek Janowski's Wagner Tetralogy with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. Charged with the task of booking all the harpists for the project, Deutsche Oper principal Virginie Gout-Zschäbitz asked us if we could help. "I didn't call Jakez at first, because I thought it would certainly be impossible", Virginie explains, "until a colleague of mine in Bamberg, Laurence Forstner-Beaufils, persuaded me to give it a try. Jakez immediately said he'd be delighted to help, and seemingly without any effort at all, the harps have simply arrived at the Philharmonie!
It's wonderful to be able to have six instruments all of the same make and model. It gives the harp section a much more unified sound, which our conductor is particularly excited about, not to mention more accurate intonation. I'm very glad we're not going to have to juggle harps of various degrees of regulation."
We are running this in-kind sponsorship of the concert series in partnership with Harfengalerie Camac Berlin. Mike Dobek, Harfengalerie's technician, was on hand today before the first rehearsal, checking the harps after their transport from Mouzeil and making sure they are in the best possible condition.
First row, left-right: Renate Erxleben, Magdalena Zimmerer, Virginie Gout
Second row, left-right: Tatiana Schütz, Cecil Ulrich, Lena Buchberger
Mike Dobek and Virginie Gout