Aquilae Flute & Harp


Aquilae Flute and Harp Duo specialise in concerto and recital performances, alongside interactive projects and workshops. Eleanor describes how the duo formed, early in 2008: “Lisa was introduced to me through a mutual friend and from the first few notes we played together, we just ‘clicked’ – both in musicianship and personality! Music is our first love and a compelling passion in our lives”

Aquilae have recently been on tour for the Newbury Spring Festival. Lisa and Eleanor felt honoured to have been asked to perform a series of community concerts for children, elderly folk and adults with a range of disabilities and learning difficulties. 

It was a hugely successful tour of eleven concerts, giving Lisa and Eleanor plenty of opportunities to let their hair down and improvise throughout the concerts, making great connections with audience members and showing how much fun live music can be!

Many children and adults had the chance to try playing the harp, running their fingers over the strings, plucking, strumming and trying simple melodies. Lisa and Eleanor loved every second of this extremely well-organised tour and will cherish the memories of music and friendships made.

Lisa Nelsen was born and raised on a pig farm in Western Canada and enjoys an international career as a soloist, chamber musician and educator. Lisa began her professional career playing in the flute sections of the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra. Her recitals with piano have taken her to concert halls in Norway, Finland, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Holland, Ireland, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, as well as throughout Canada and the United States. She is Solo Flute of the contemporary music group Continuum Ensemble in London and is a founding member of the New London Chamber Ensemble.

In February 2006 Lisa toured across the Canadian Prairies as a Powell/Sonare Flutes’ Artist. She has performed for the Canadian High Commission in London in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Lisa has been the Specialist Flute Teacher for Wells Cathedral School since 2001, is professor of flute at the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music and is a visiting instructor at several colleges in Britain. She coaches the wind players at the National Youth Chamber Orchestra and the Main Orchestra of the National Children's Orchestra.