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Chamber Music - 4 Girls 4 Harps:

Harp Quartet 4 Girls 4 Harps
“The Girls gave us a wonderful evening and brought the house down with their splendid playing and personalities”. Music at All Saints, Leamington Hastings

In the past few years, the sound of 4 Girls 4 Harps has been heard in hundreds of venues and festivals in the UK and across Europe. They have performed live on BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night and were part of the opening celebrations of London’s new multi-concert hall complex, King’s Place. Their latest CD, ‘Fireworks and Fables’, has been regularly broadcast on Classic FM and BBC Radio 3 since its release earlier this year and admirers of their music include the music industry’s legendary critic and presenter Paul Gambaccini, Classic FM presenter David Mellor, and former BBC Radio 3 presenter Stephanie Hughes.

Keziah Thomas, Angharad Wyn Jones, Harriet Adie and Eleanor Turner are four harpists who have a shared goal of presenting new works and their own idiomatic transcriptions to show off the full scope of four concert harps. Many original works have been commissioned for the group, who are well established as the leading harp ensemble in Europe. These include pieces by British composers Edward Longstaff and Edward Watson as well as original works by the group’s two composers Eleanor Turner and Harriet Adie. They were also invited to perform the World Première of Edward Cowie’s ‘Nymphaeas’ at the Warehouse in 2008.

Most recently 4 Girls 4 Harps have been exploring the possibilities of four harps and other instruments, leading to a collaboration with internationally renowned Tabla player Sanju Sahai for the 2009 Two Moors Festival and an appearance with Hogia’r Ddwylan choir in Shrewsbury. They have also filmed a DVD of music for four harps with strings and choir featuring music by Ravel, Rachmaninov and Saint-Sæns.

Adie Sisters Harp and Oboe Duo
The Adie Sisters Harp and Oboe Duo:

“I would like to thank you both for the superb concert you gave us...I have heard nothing but praise for the evening and everyone in the audience had a most enjoyable time.”
Chairman, Wootton Courtenay Festival Committee

The Adie Oboe and Harp Duo was formed in 2005 when sisters Harriet and Caroline discovered the wealth of music that suited their two instruments. Shortly afterwards they were performing for Music Societies across the country under the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme. Their engaging personalities and musical rapport can be seen as far afield as North Wales, Grimsby, Devon and Chichester. In recent years they have given recitals in venues across London, including a concert attended by the Lord Mayor of London and performances at Southwark Cathedral, St James’ Piccadilly, the Guildhall and Lauderdale House. The duo enjoys performing in unusual venues, touring the world with both Fred Olsen and P & O Cruise lines and also taking part in outreach work for the charity Music in Hospitals.

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© 2011 Harriet Adie - Harpist and Composer