Harp Concert – Robin Ward 7.30pm Saturday 26 October

We are very pleased to welcome International harpist, Robin Ward, back to Tapton Hill Congregational Church, Tapton Hill Road, Crosspool, Sheffield, S10 5GB on Saturday 26 of October, as part of his 2013 concert series. Robin gave a marvellous concert in 2012 at the church and we were delighted when he agreed to return this year.

Robin will be presenting a programme that is an exploration of music, played on his own handcrafted triple harp. Robin’s talent, combined with his engaging and informative performance approach, is a treat not to be missed. Audiences thoroughly enjoy the wide selection of Robin’s programmes, as well as his performance style, that brings each piece to life. The programme includes music from Folk Traditions, the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods, with a combination of his own transcriptions and music originally written for the instrument.

The concert starts at 7:30pm Tickets are £8 for adults, £5 concession, and free for children under 14. For tickets and enquiries please contact 0114 230 8085.

Originally from New Zealand, Robin is currently residing in the UK, where he has been touring extensively. Over his performing career Robin has played with various orchestras and ensembles, and is now establishing himself as a solo artist. In February 2009 Robin independently released his first solo CD; No Pedals Attached, and he is currently working on his second.

Robin initially learned to play the lever harp, before moving onto the pedal harp, on which he completed a Bachelor of Music at Victoria University of Wellington, under the guidance of the principal harpist of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He then went on to complete a Masters of Music in Performance on the Triple Harp, which is a chromatic instrument with three rows of
strings, instead of one, with no pedals or levers.

Due to the prohibitive cost of buying a triple harp, in order to continue his studies Robin took a typical Kiwi approach, and
ended up building his own instrument. He then taught himself how to play it from surviving sources. From those early days Robin has continued with harp making and exploring the capabilities of the triple harp.

If you would like to read more about Robin please visit www.robin-ward.com.

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