Sarah Deere-Jones LRAM LGSM ARAM

Specialist in traditional and original music for lever (Celtic) harp -

and also - Research and historical performance on English Medieval and Regency harp, and harp-lute -

 

' Remarkable music' - Natalie Wheen-Classic FM

(Sarah's 'Soirbheas' CD named Classic FM CD of the year 2006)

'An Inventive, intuitive musician'  Musician Magazine 

'Absolutely magnificent'   BBC Radio Trent

'Beautiful' BBC Radio Wales

'Gorgeous Music' BBC Shropshire

 

Sarah studied classical pedal harp at the Royal Academy of Music where she gained her LRAM and LGSM diplomas in harp performance and was awarded the Julia Leney prize, in 2015 she was elected an Associate to the Royal Academy. She performed in London for years with professional symphony, opera and ballet orchestras and gave solo classical recitals to Arts clubs and music societies for both in UK and America. Her compositions and virtuoso playing on lever harp have been broadcast in UK, Europe and America, and she has done guest interviews on Classic FM, BBC Radio Four and appeared many times on television. Her book about her time working as solo harpist aboard the QE2, 'Maiden Voyage' was featured on BBC Radio Four's only travel programe 'Excess Baggage' in 2011.

Sarah is now director of the Cornwall Harp Centre providing residential courses and on-line lessons to harp students from all over the world, and her sheet music arrangements and compositions are in great demand and have broken new ground in the world of the lever harp.

Sarah's own research on the Medieval harp in England. and the Regency harp, harp-lute and Dital harp, has lead her to giving lecture tours around the world and at major harp festivals in America and Australia. She has restored several unique 19th century instruments and commissioned replicas of Medieval harps. Her huge collection of information and images from both periods has lead her to holding workshops for harpists on both subjects on playing styles and context. Her revival of the Regency harp-lute and dital harp, as invented by Edward Light, is unique and she is the only person currently performing authentically on these instruments.

For Sarah's research on Harp-Lutes and Dital Harps, please see-

www.harp-lute.co.uk

For Concerts on Regency harps and harp-lutes, please see-

www.regencyharp.co.uk

Her album of Regency music 'Thy Trembling Strings' for harp and harp-lute has been widely praised around the world.

Her albums of medieval music have been played on national radio such as Classic FM where her album 'There is no Rose' was voted 'connoiseurs choice' on the 'New CD show' and described as 'Absolutely joyous'.

Her traditional and Aeolian album 'Soirbheas' was voted a 'CD of the year' by Natalie Wheen on Classic FM.

Sarah's work with natural sounds and Aeolian harp - 'Wildharp' - has broken new ground,

and opened up a new dimension of creativity for harpists -

in this work she combines all styles of harps and music with Aeolian sounds.

See www.aeolian-harpist.co.uk

General enquiries e mail info(at)cornwallharpcentre.co.uk

After 15 years of researching and performing on the Medieval harp in England

and collecting hundreds of images and references to the use and context

of the Medieval harp in England, Sarah was astonished to discover

that she is related, via her ancestor Katherine Swynford wife of John of Gaunt,

to Geoffrey Chaucer.

Inspired by this wonderful association, she is planning her next album

of some of Chaucer's poems and other medieval texts set for

voice and medieval harp - 'A Harper's Tale'

available 2015/beginning of 2016

 

For more information about harp courses, music and CD purchases from Cornwall Harp Centre

see www.cornwallharpcentre.co.uk email info (@) cornwallharpcentre.co.uk

 

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