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Saturday 7 March 2009


Eleanor Turner - Keziah Thomas
Harriet Adie - Angharad Wyn Jones


4 GIRLS / 4 HARPS (The Barkham Harp Quartet)

4 Girls/4 Harps (The Barkham Harp Quartet) was formed in 2000 and is made up of four award-winning harpists, three of whom studied with Daphne Boden at the Royal College of Music. They have given concerts at many venues and festivals including the Two Moors, Windsor, Bromsgrove and Three Choirs Festivals and were chosen for the Blackheath Halls Young Artist's Series 2003-4. Their first CD, funded by the Tillett Trust, was released at the end of 2002.

The Quartet's performances are as accessible as they are innovative and dynamic. Eleanor, Harriet, Keziah and Angharad all enjoy talking to the audience about the harp and their music, and concert programmes usually include one solo item from each member to showcase everyone individually.

Composers today are discovering the enormous musical excitement and variety the harp is capable of, and with four harps the scope is wider still. The Quartet strongly supports new music and is continually developing their eclectic repertoire. So far, they have commissioned and premiered four dramatically contrasting works: Edward Watson's A Celtic Springtime (sponsored by the Vaughan Williams Trust); The Island by Eleanor Turner; Sun, Moon and Stars by Harriet Adie and Edward Longstaff's Saraswati.

Committed to raising awareness of the harp in the community, the four frequently play in diverse situations from music therapy projects and special needs schools to glamorous cruise ships and even fields! Their harps can also be spotted in hospitals, schools and prisons, performing in outreach initiatives such as the Live Music Now! scheme and the London Philharmonic Orchestra Playerlink project. They are also well-travelled outside the UK and have played in France, Switzerland, Morocco, Spain, Portugal, Russia, Norway and New York.

Eleanor Turner has recently won several prestigious awards for soloists, including the Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists 2005 from 'Making Music', and the Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition Award for Strings and Marisa Robles Harp Prize 2002.

Born in 1982, Eleanor started learning the harp at the age of five. She attended the Royal College of Music Junior Department from the age of 11 to 17, studying harp with Daphne Boden and composition with Dr. Peter Fribbins. She won the Freida Dinn and Ida Mabbett Award for Strings in 2000, and the Gordon Turner Prize for all instrumentalists in 1999. She won the London Harp Competition in 1998.

Eleanor made her London debut at the age of 15 as a result of winning the Audi Junior Musician. She performed the Dittersdorf Concerto with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, conducted by Daniel Harding, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Eleanor has also appeared as concerto soloist with English Baroque Ensemble, London Charity Orchestra, Stamford Chamber Orchestra, Bristol Baroque and 'Proteus' of Leicester, and her playing has been broadcast live on Classic Fm, Radio 3 and regional BBC radio.

Keziah Thomas graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2002, where she studied the harp as a Scholar with Daphne Boden. During this time she was awarded a Jellinek Award, a UKHA harp bursary and from the RCM, the Douglas Whittaker Prize, the Jack Morrison Harp Prize and the Marie Goosens Orchestral Harp Prize.

A career as a professional harpist has always been Keziah's lifelong ambition and after starting lessons at the age of ten she went on to gain an ARCM diploma and made solo debuts at the Wigmore Hall and the Royal Albert Hall while still at school.

Since graduating, Keziah has achieved a busy and varied career as a solo and chamber musician. As winner of the 2003 London Harp Competition, she has recently been invited to give recitals for the Worshipful Company of Musicians and the Royal Welsh College of Music. Keziah was a string finalist in the 2003 YCAT auditions and the ROSL competition and was selected to perform at the 9th World Harp Congress in Dublin in 2005.

Keziah Thomas and Eleanor Turner also play together as Double Action Harp Duo. Winners of the Park Lane Group Young Artists Series 2005, the duo performed three world premieres in a critically acclaimed Purcell Room recital. These 'assured interpreters' (The Times) also won third prize in the 5th International Competition for Chamber Music with Harp in Arles, France.

Harriet Adie read Music at Oxford, where she was holder of the Richard Lewis Nettleship Instrumental Exhibition. She continued postgraduate studies at Trinity College of Music with Imogen Barford, generously supported by a Countess of Munster Scholarship, a Musicians Benevolent Fund Music Education Award and a Martin Musical Fund Scholarship. Prior to this she studied with Daphne Boden at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music, where she was awarded the Ruby White Prize. Harriet performed at the Linbury Theatre Studio, Covent Garden with the Unicorn Theatre Project, in association with the Philharmonia Orchestra, for their production of the Opera Clockwork, and has been selected for the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme.


Angharad was born in Caernarfon, North Wales and started to play the harp when she was about seven. She has won many prizes with the harp including winning the Solo Harp competition at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, Urdd Eisteddfod and Texaco Young Musician of North Wales 1999 and 2000. She was also a semi - finalist of the Texaco Young Musician of the Year Wales and a prize winner at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod.
During the last few years she has performed solo recitals, with orchestras such as The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, Cyprus State Orchestra and the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra with whom she appeared with Sir Elton John on his tour of the UK and North America. She has played for HRH the Prince of Wales and also the Duchess of Gloucester. She appeared in concert with Katherine Jenkins and Darius Danesh and also at the BBC Proms under the direction of Sir Colin Davis.
Angharad won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music, London with Skaila Kanga, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree with honours.


LA REJOUISSANCE (from Music for the Royal Fireworks)
TWO HORNPIPES (from Water Music) - - - GEORGE F. HANDEL (1685-1759) (Transcribed by Eleanor Turner)

THREE PIECES FROM 'MA MERE L'OYE' (Mother Goose Suite) - - - MAURICE RAVEL (1875-1937) (Transcribed by Harriet Aide)
Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant
Laideronnette, Impératrice des pagodas
Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête


RAMBLA! (2008) ELEANOR TURNER (b. 1982)


A Middle Eastern sky (2004)


FOUR PIECES FROM 'LE CARNIVAL DES ANIMAUX' - - - CAMILLE SAIN-SAENS (1835-1921) (Transcribed by Eleanor Turner and Harriet Adie)
Le Cygne



SUMMERTIME (from Porgy and Bess)

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