The Harp Consort travels the golden road to Canberra…
A fantastic concert in Melbourne last night was followed by a good review in the Sydney Morning Herald this morning. Peter McCallum writes:
“The Harp Consort’s approach was marked by care and musical discernment… Harpist and director Lawrence-King mixed a inwardly reflective approach with distinguished musicianship, particularly in slow improvisatory preludes, and kept the music interesting with a strong sense of line. Singer Caitriona O’Leary has a voice free of modern operatic vibrato and projection… [she] created intense and pure sweet notes in Carolan’s Lamentation for his friend MacCabe. Ian Harrison played a range of instruments with mastery, including a set of bagpipes with belt pump, treacherously unpredictable cornetto (a woodwind instrument) and created haunting woodiness on the shawm. With Susanne Ansorg’s fiddle and Michael Metzler’s percussion, the sound had an attractive roughness of tone.”
Today the Harp Consort moves on to Canberra, where they will perform at Llewellyn Hall on Thursday 13 May. On Friday Andrew, Steven and Ian also make a special appearance at the Opening Gala “Gold” of the Canberra International Music Festival at St Christopher’s Church, Manuka. Click here for more details. Canberra clearly has an interest in early music, as the School of Music at the Australian National University has invited Andrew Lawrence-King to stay on for a three day residency at the end of the Harp Consort’s tour. This experience will no doubt be invaluable for staff and students alike!