Our first concert features harpist Eleanor Turner, who has already performed at several of our Piccolo concerts in recent months.
Her wide ranging programme for St John’s includes two pieces composed by women, (one from the court of Louis XIV), music composed for films, and some well loved classics.
As ever St John’s will be open from noon, for an hour before the concert begins at 1pm, with volunteers from The Green Backyard running a café offering lots of home made sweet and savoury treats as well as hot and cold drinks.
Admission is free, but we do ask those who can afford it to make a donation to help cover our costs. The suggested donation is £4.
Élisabeth-Claude de la Guerre (1664-1729) – Unmeasured Prelude (from ‘Suite No.3 in A Minor’)
Benjamin Rimmer (b.1993) – Miranda and Ferdinand
Yann Tiersen (b.1970) – Suite from the film ‘Amelie’ (arr. Turner)
- La valse d’Amelie;
- Le Banquet;
- Comptine d’un autre été;
- Sur le fil
Dario Marianelli (b.1963) – Dawn, Georgiana and Liz on top of the World from ‘Pride and Prejudice’
Ranagrí – The Hare
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) – Morning and Anitra’s Dance from Peer Gynt Suite
Franz Liszt (1811-1886) – Le Rossignol, No. 1 from Mélodies Russes 5
Russian Air by Alabieff, transcribed by H. Renié
Deborah Henson-Conant (b.1953) – Baroque Flamenco
About Eleanor Turner
Since her London concerto debut at the age of fifteen, with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields conducted by Daniel Harding, Eleanor Turner has earned a worldwide reputation for her recital, concerto and chamber music performances. Eleanor has performed at the Berlin Philharmonie, the Musiekgeouw Aant Ij in Amsterdam, the Wigmore Hall in London and at international harp events in New Orleans (American Harp Society Conference), Vancouver, Sydney, Italy and Belgium. She is hugely looking forward to performing at the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong this summer.
In the 2007 European Harp Competition in Cardiff, Eleanor won First Prize (a Salvi concert harp) and the William Mathias Prize. At the Dutch Harp Competition in 2010, Eleanor won Third Prize and the Peutz Audience Award and a year later, she won Second Prize in the Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition in Amsterdam. Nowadays, Eleanor enjoys sharing her wealth of competition experience with her students and mentoring them through their own challenges. She is Head of Harp at Birmingham Conservatoire and enjoys teaching on Ruth Faber’s Teenage Harp Course every summer.
Eleanor studied with Daphne Boden at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, then later with Alison Nicholls; hugely inspiring preparation for a lifetime of music. Eleanor is constantly innovating with the harp, creating and commissioning new music for both the acoustic and electro-acoustic harps. Eleanor has been awarded funds by The Tillett Trust, the PRS Foundation for New Music, the Musicians Benevolent Fund and the Wingate Scholarship. Eleanor has composed for Ballet Wales, the legendary Lyre of Ur, radio plays and concerts. She loves collaborations and some of her most memorable have been with hip hop dancer Lizzie Gough in their ‘Elusive Symmetry’ show (Eleanor co-wrote the music with Alan Thomas), playing with acrobats in Amsterdam, improvising with Indian tabla drums and performing with the Irish fusion band Ranagrí.
Eleanor is thrilled to be working with Salvi Harps in their marketing of the brilliant new ‘Delta Harp’ and the electro-acoustic ‘Rainbow’.