SHE is bringing the sounds of one of the most fascinating instruments in the world to Coffs Harbour.
SHE is bringing the sounds of one of the most fascinating instruments in the world to Coffs Harbour. Contributed

Harp Ensemble to delight Coffs

SHE, otherwise known as Seven Harp Ensemble, will perform at the Jetty Memorial Theatre on Saturday.

This group of seven young women, all professional performers and teachers who play the harp, is on its first Australian tour, and thanks to Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium; SHE will be performing at the Jetty Memorial Theatre at 8pm on Saturday.

What is a harp? Is it that instrument played by angels floating on clouds or is it that tall, golden, half-hidden instrument placed somewhere in the middle of a symphony orchestra?

Some people know it as that squat and broad instrument in an Irish band, others the stringed instrument that can be heard accompanying an African storyteller.

The harp is all these things and more. It can be played solo or in an ensemble, accompanying a voice, a silver flute, or be backed by jazz bass and drums.

It can have a body carved from a single chunk of wood or one precisely constructed from 2000 hand-crafted or machine-tooled pieces.

The harp can be played with only the hands or with both hands and feet as in the case of a pedal harp.

Harps are found throughout the world, in more sizes and shapes than almost any other instrument. It is one of the oldest instruments, known to have flourished in ancient Egypt and one of the newest as the electric harp.

The harp also occupies a colourful place in history. It has been celebrated by some nations and destroyed by government decree in others.

But no matter where, or what kind, or how it is played, the harp remains one of the world’s most beautiful and fascinating instruments.

“The Seven Harp Ensemble’s concert will enchant you,” conservatorium director, Carol Hellmers, said.

Tickets are $25 for adults and children up to year 12 are free when accompanied by an adult.

The Jetty Memorial Theatre Box Office is taking all bookings – 6652 8088 or you can book online at www.jettymemorialtheatre.com



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