Harp, we herald angelic strings for Ashwell date

National Youth Harp Orchestra of Great Britain

National Youth Harp Orchestra of Great Britain - Credit: Archant

Here’s something for lovers of music who like to savour something out of the ordinary – the National Youth Harp Orchestra of Great Britain.

Yes, harps and nothing but – and you can hear what that sounds like on Sunday, November 23, when they arrive at Ashwell’s historic St Mary’s Church for a concert that starts at 3pm.

Organisers promise 20 harps playing in unison, with children and adult musicians side by side.

The orchestra, formerly known as the International Harp Ensemble, aims to offer a platform of unique opportunities for harp enthusiasts of all ages and has a repertoire rich in diversity, impeccably presented and performed to the highest standard.

According to founder Luisa-Maria Cordell, this musical feast for the eye and the ear journeys through a musical landscape including light classical, Celtic repertoire, romantic pieces, jazz and modern/popular music.


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She said: “You will be amazed at the versatility of the ensemble, comprising some of Britain’s finest harpists.

“They have performed internationally in France, Belgium, Portugal and Germany and have recently returned from a tour to the USA where they performed at a private dinner reception given by the British Ambassador for Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barbra Streisand, and the Prince of Saudi Arabia.”

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Tickets are £10 at the door, with children up to 16 free. For more details, call 01462 742601.

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