The buzz of a very animated crowd
Last night’s Perth concert was a success on all fronts. The audience response was very enthusiastic, and Ian Harrison said the ensemble could feel the buzz of a very animated crowd as soon as they walked on stage, resulting in one of the best performances of the tour.
The group has been enjoying their tour so far, and are particularly glad to be heading to Adelaide today, where the weather is reportedly much better than in Sydney. This afternoon Caitriona gives a masterclass at Elder Conservatorium, and tomorrow night the group performs their penultimate concert for this tour, at the Adelaide Town Hall.
We continue to receive positive feedback about the Harp Consort’s concerts, including the following comments by Jennifer Gall in the Canberra Times.
“[Steve Player’s] graceful and intelligent version of the Funeral Jigg was one of the highlights of the evening… his movement was entirely in keeping with the spirit of the music. I would have loved to have seen longer dance sequences demonstrating his particular blend of French balletic batterie and Irish step-dancing techniques… It was in [Caitriona O’Leary’s] performance of Carolan’s lamentation for his dear friend MacCabe that O’Leary revealed a mastery of Irish singing, achieving Andrew Lawrence King’s ambition for the ensemble of taking the audience ‘on a journey- not just to a place, but also to a time.’ In fact, this final bracket, with the lights dimmed, had… some palpable magic, concluding with a piece that showcased Andrew Lawrence- King’s sublime harp playing in the Planxty: Do What you please, but take care of my cap.”