"…with the charming Eleanor Turner as soloist this was a performance that held the large audience spellbound with her brilliant playing." John Packwood, Bristol Evening Post
Account of Electro Harp Live 2018 by Eleanor Turner
Electro Harp Live on Saturday 13th January 2018 was an incredible, action packed day. Generously sponsored by Salvi Harps and Bow Brand Strings, the day started with Milana Zaric and Richard Barrett impressing and entertaining us with the most virtuosic and intricate of sounds, electronic chamber music, far from people tapping away behind laptops this was 100% thrilling, engaging and astonishing - a wealth of tones and textures. One of my favourite quotes from Richard was "either of us is able to jump out of the score at any moment" and "every time you compose a piece of music you have to reconceive the instrument" - this was so relevant for our non-harpist composers who came, and our composers who are also harpists. Later on in the day, we learnt more and more from this amazing duo, including techniques for group free improvisation, giving birth to the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire's new Free Improv with Prosecco and Cake sessions, sure to be popular!! Even the very next day, I found myself passing on much of their teaching to another student (who was taking part in a different class at the same time!) about creating 'submerged sounds'...such enormous inspiration. Thank you to Richard and Milana for coming from Belgrade for our event - we were honoured to have you.
Running parallel with Milana and Richard's class were two informative and involving looping classes by Vanja Contu and Sonja Tavormina. Vanja and Sonja talked about equipment, tone and techniques - cable quality and buffers were discussed and certain tips and tricks recommended. Vanja uses an Electro-Harmonix looper, Sonja uses a big Boss RC-50 which has XLR input and output, acts as a pre-amp as well, seemingly making the tone of the Salvi electro-acoustic harp even better! It was lovely to hear quality being taught as the priority, with students being encouraged to start with simplicity and a good sound, before building up. Sonja and Vanja also performed their looped compositions later in the day in a relaxed café concert and we heard music by Einaudi, E Turner (yes, me!) and Bjork.
After lunch, we had Joris Beets explaining the difference between the Delta harp and other electric harps, amongst other things, something was top secret so I cannot share it though! A huge crowd of people of all ages were crammed into the Harp Studio to hear this workshop and immediately after it, my band Ranagri gave a shortened Stagecraft workshop where we dealt with issues of professional gigging life - talking to the audience whilst tuning, integrating the sound engineer as the extra member of the band, being prepared, communicating with venues and creating stage plots and so on. This was whilst downstairs in the lab, James Dooley and Ailie Robertson were hard at work with a seven strong group creating a brand new electronic composition called 'Mosaic' together. We heard this performed, completely from memory, at 5.15pm - it was absolutely wonderful. Hugely impressive to hear a fully structured and really well performed composition after just 2 hours in a workshop situation!
The finale of the day was the evening gig, Ailie Robertson from Scotland/London and my own band, Ranagri. Ailie's 'Seven Sorrows' goes far beyond the description on that website, however. Ailie initially created many of the unusual soundscapes she wanted to find for this new work using the Ableton Live software, but at some point she decided to move away from the screen and transfer the sound worlds to an ingenious, if massive, hardware set up. None of us had ever seen so many pedals - even in a shop - but it was the combinations Ailie used and the deft and graceful way she moved around them that had us transfixed and so astounded. Using three very different harps; a Camac DHC Light (split into three channels, no less, controlled by three separate pedal chains, each with volume control), a wee wire-strung harp which Ailie ONLY bowed, sticking relentlessly to the eerily beautiful soundworld of the harmonic series of various strings, like a choir from the most exquisite dream, and finally another small harp set up lying down so that Ailie could move transducer microphones (I think - I'll check with Ailie) slowly around the strings, again producing music based on the harmonic series but with a rougher, more electronic sounding edge to it. Each of these soundworlds was heard both alone and with archive sound recordings of men and women recollecting their experiences of the gaelic tradition of 'keening' - a between-singing-and-crying noise that women created, and were often employed to create, when somebody had died. Friends and relatives would be led by the keeners to the dead body to pay their last respects, with the household embracing the community and children to elderly seeing and acknowledging the dead person and thereby embracing death more as a part of life.
Some of my favourite music was Ailie's rather astonishing, funky but highly emotive throat singing - a kind of gaelic beat-boxing that she used to dramatically shift the energy level of the performance and bring everyone together into the final stages of the music. This was must-see and must-hear stuff, I actually don't have words to describe it! After this sequence of rising and heightening music, Ailie performed a jig of sorts, showing her flair for traditional playing, it was authentic and uplifting at this point (also really foot-tapping and a welcome break from the high emotions) and then the final air, a pibroch, took us to the Scottish mountains, a lament to end the piece, final words from the recorded archive being a gentleman explaining the keening meaning "I don't know how I will go on living without you", his simple, matter of fact tone only amplifying the gut-wrenching impact of Ailie's music. The Camac harp at this point sounded deeper and more meaningful than I have ever heard any harp, electric or acoustic. With the use of the Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail with, I think, the ehx POG octaver adding even more depth [but so subtle I am not even sure if this is the case] Ailie's tone reached the depths of our hearts and the performance ended with everyone truly moved and incredibly grateful to have witnessed the premiere performance of such an exceptional solo creation. When Ailie performs this at Celtic Connections, she told us it will be even better (surely impossible!) and will have string quartet in the sound mix as well. Go along if you possibly can, it would be worth any journey to hear this most unique work performed live and we were all immensely privileged to have been there at Electro Harp Live on Saturday 13th January for the preview performance!
Thank you to every participant and audience member, to Salvi Harps, Bow Brand strings and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, to all the parents who supported and brought children, to my helpers Robin Ward, Rita Schindler and Vanja and Sonja, to all of the artists coming from far and wide and to my brilliant band Ranagri - if anyone has any words to share about our performance, please message or email me and I'll add them here! The final word and thank you goes to the extra member in every show, every band, every event on Saturday - to Nigel Hunter, my friend and technological saviour, our sound engineer and more for the day. Nigel worked tirelessly both in set-up on Friday evening and from 8am on Saturday until 10.30pm on Saturday night. He deserves a medal - it simply could not have happened without him.
11 May 2014 Flute, viola & harp concert with Lisa Nelsen (flute) and Robert Secret (viola)
Debussy, Satie, Piazzolla, Bizet and Ravel at The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
14 May 2014 4 Girls 4 Harps in concert at Egham and District Music Club, Surrey
16 May 2014 4 Girls 4 Harps in concert for Bury Festival at The Apex
20 May 2014 Attacca Trio lunchtime recital at the Church of St. Stephen's Walbrook, London.
20 May 2014 Attacca Trio and London International Players present Debussy's Trio Sonata, Ravel's Introduction and Allegro and more at 49 Queen's Gate Terrace, London, SW7 5PN.
23 May 2014 London International Players at the Berlin Philharmonie
Thank you to Salvi Harps and Lyon and Healy harps, Remagen, for providing a beautiful harp for Eleanor's performance.
3 June 2014 4 Girls 4 Harps in concert at Bledington Festival
6 June 2014 Solo harp recital at Harlaxton Manor, near Grantham, to include 'The Crown of Ariadne'
12 June 2014 4 Girls 4 Harps at Devizes Festival
19 June 2014 4 Girls 4 Harps at Broxbourne
25 June 2014 Concerto performance of SoÃ±ando en EspaÃ±ol by Deborah Henson-Conant at the American Harp Society Conference, New Orleans, USA
27 June 2014 Attacca Trio perform at St. Johns, Smith Square, London
7 July 2014 Aquilae Duo plus Robert Secret, performance for Buckingham Music Festival
11 July 2014 St. Ives (Cornwall) Arts Club solo performance
14 July 2014 4 Girls 4 Harps at Buxton Festival
23 July 2014 Where Passion Meets Performance at the 12th World Harp Congress, Sydney
31 July 2014 4 Girls 4 Harps at Cambridge Summer Music Festival
5-9 August 2014 Ruth Faber's Teenage Harp Course, featuring solo recital by Eleanor Turner
12 Sept 2014 Aquilae Flute and Harp Duo performance at Ripon International Festival - our beautiful new programme called 'Enchanted Wood' http://www.riponinternationalfestival.com/aquilae-duo-eleanor-turner-harp-lisa-nelsen-flute-enchanted-wood/
26-27 Sept 2014 Masterclass and concert at the Rovigo Harp Festival, Italy, sponsored by Salvi Harps.
29 Sept 2014 Attacca Trio concert for Luton Music Club (including Debussy's Trio Sonate (using Carl Swanson's new edition), available from http://www.vanderbiltmusic.com/
18 October 2014 Aquilae Duo perform Mozart's Flute and Harp Concerto with Darwin Ensemble, at Lichfield Cathedral, conducted by Alex Laing: http://darwinensemble.co.uk/details/49-autumn-concert/
21 Oct 2014 Tuesday concert with Alan Thomas, guitar. The Thomas-Turner Guitar and Harp Duo present a concert of classics and new, including music by Tarrega, Rodrigo, De Falla and Alan Thomas.
23 Oct 2014 Eleanor returns for the fourth time to Emmanuel Church, Loughborough, for a lunchtime concert, featuring a variety of classical and a little lighter music. The church is beautiful with comfortable seating and you can get a light lunch prior to the concert, in the church's own cafe.
24 Oct 2014 Aquilae Duo perform at the Two Moors Festival, at noon. Friday 24th October at 12pm. An unusual setting for a concert - an auction house! St. Edmundâs Court, Okehampton Street, Exeter, EX4 1DU
25 Oct 2014 Eleanor performs with Martin Nelson, guitar, at St Dionysius Church, Market Harborough.
Sunday 9th November at Harpe Diem, 7.30pm, the Belgium Harp Day in Leuven, Belgium. Eleanor performed electro-acoustic music on the Salvi 'Rainbow' by Deborah Henson-Conant, Yann Tiersen and her own piece 'Two Breton Girls By The Sea' for harp and loop station, written for Italian harpist Vanja Contu. Classical pieces also performed on the Salvi 'Diana', by Mozart, Liszt, Cabezon and Mathias.
Friday 14th November 2014 4 Girls 4 Harps at Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire.
Sunday 23rd November 2014 BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE HARP DAY
Eleanor Turner Solo Recital at Birmingham Conservatoire Harp Open Day. Eleanor is also giving a masterclass. Follow this link.
Wednesday 3rd December 2014 4 Girls 4 Harps perform a lunchtime concert for the Open University.
Wednesday 17th December 2014 Cosy Concert for small children, 10.30am at The Yard, Stamford. Soft Play included!
19th December 2014 Christmas in Twilight concert in Leeds with Matthew Sharp (cello), David Le Page (violin) and voice trio from Opera North. Varied programme of transcendental arrangements by Matthew Sharp. http://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/christmas-at-twilight
22 December 2014 Harborough Collective Christmas Concert
Sunday 18th January 2015 'La Vie en Rose' Harborough Collective Flute, Viola and Harp concert with David Le Page (viola) and Lisa Nelsen (flute) - wonderful French music at 3pm in the Congregational Church, Market Harborough.
Thursday 29th January 2015 7.30pm but arrive around 7pm. 4 Girls 4 Harps 'Vernon Ellis Foundation Concert' for fundraising towards our competition, the British Harp Chamber Music Competition 2015. Concert at 49 Queen's Gate Terrace, London. Tickets Â£15 per person which includes wine and canapes. You're very welcome to join us for a delicious buffet supper afterwards! If yes to that, Â£30 per person. To reserve a place, email firstname.lastname@example.org See you there for music and a good catch up! Everyone welcome, children included.
1 February 2015 at 7.30pm Brahms' Four Songs, Opus 17, for women's chorus, two horns and harp, at Uppingham School. Email Eleanor for details: email@example.com or use the contact page on this website.
11 February 2015 4 Girls 4 Harps at Grantham Music Club, with soprano Helen Winter.
Friday 13th March 2015 House concert near Peterborough with Lisa Nelsen, flute
Wednesday 18th March 2015 10.30am and 11.30am COSY CONCERTS for babies, children and the whole family, by Eleanor Turner (solo harp) at Bainton Reading Room, Bainton, near Tallington. See www.cosyconcerts.co.uk
7 April 2015 4 Girls 4 Harps at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall, BS37 6AD, 7.30pm
10-15 April 2015 EDINBURGH HARP FESTIVAL 2015 - Eleanor is performing solo, teaching private lessons and leading a five-day harp course.
Join Eleanor and many other harpists at the Edinburgh Harp Festival 2015! Eleanor is leading three events at this year's festival. Do get in touch with any questions you may have about the course or workshop!
Saturday 11th April through to Wednesday 15th April at Edinburgh Harp Festival. 1pm each day, Eleanor's new course 'The Harp is a Musical Playground' will be running. Â£72 for the 5 day course!
Monday 13th April 10.30am to 12pm Eleanor's Pedal Harp Masterclass at Edinburgh Harp Festival
Tuesday 14th April at 7.30pm Eleanor Turner in concert at the Edinburgh Harp Festival
19 April 2015 Adjudicating Croydon Music Festival Harp Classes
Thursday 30th April at 10.30am Eleanor is performing a BabyGig (for babies and children with adult carers/parents/relatives/friends) at Leicester Preparatory School, 2 Albert Road, Leicester, LE2 2AA, further details about the concert if needed are available from Eleanor Hodgkinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or just turn up on the day. Â£4 per person or Â£10 for 1 adult plus 2 children.
Saturday 2nd May at 7.30pm Eleanor is back performing in her home town of Stamford, Lincolnshire, with 4 Girls 4 Harps at St. Martin's Church - part of the Music at St. Martin's series. Â£12, Â£10 concessions, Â£3 students, under 18s free
Saturday 9 May 2015 4 Girls 4 Harps at Honiton Festival, Devon
Sunday 10th May to Wed 14th 4 Girls 4 Harps Two Moors Festival Residency
Sunday 17th May 2015 at 3.30pm Eleanor Turner, Matthew Sharp (cello) and Lisa Nelsen (flute) perform a mixed programme at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1QG promoted by the series 'Revelation St. Mary's' in an exotic programme entitled Fireside: Wings of Desire
Thursday 21st May 2015 at 11am Cosy Concert in Bainton with Alan Thomas, guitar. Spanish music by Bizet, Cabezon, Rodrigo, Tarrega and Manuel de Falla. Preview of our Newbury programme.
Friday 22 May 2015 at 6.45pm Newbury Spring Festival 'A Taste of Spain' with Alan Thomas, guitar. Returns only.
Monday 25th May 2015 4 Girls 4 Harps perform live on BBC Radio 3 'In Tune' programme at around 5.30pm
Tuesday 26th May 2015 4 Girls 4 Harps record for BBC Radio 4 'Woman's Hour' programme at 10am
Thursday 28th May 2015 4 Girls 4 Harps performance, including exciting World Premiere of the new commission by Savourna Stevenson, Alissa Firsova, Ayanna Witter-Johnson and Nicola LeFanu, at Temple Church, London SEE LINK
6 June 2015 Private recital with Lisa Nelsen (flute)
9 June 2015 4 Girls 4 Harps perform for the Ryedale Festival launch at 22 Mansfield Street, London
12 June 2015 4 Girls 4 Harps in Bishop Auckland
14 June 2015 British Harp Chamber Music Competition 2015 Finals. Riverhouse Barn, Surrey.
Evening performance by 4 Girls 4 Harps as the Adjudicators reach their decisions.
19 June 2015 4 Girls 4 Harps at Southend
20 June 2015 Private recital
22 June 2015 4 Girls 4 Harps at Bradfield
14 August 2015 Recital at Ibacus Harp Course, Suffolk Address: Low Farm Barn, Dennington Road, Laxfield, Suffolk IP13 8HL Contact email: email@example.com
16 August 2015 Recital with Xuefei Yang, guitar, at Binham Priory, Norfolk Tickets £16 and it is advisable to book in advance by phoning or emailing David and Maureen Frost on 01328 830362 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
25-28 August 2015 Eleanor is tutoring on Glasbury Arts Harp Summer School, near Hay on Wye, teaching alongside Harriet Earis, Lily Neill and Katherine Thomas. Eleanor's SOLO RECITAL is at 6.30pm on WEDNESDAY 26th AUGUST - phone 07583544110 or email email@example.com for information.
2 September (Wednesday) 2015 Wild Bird at The Forge, Camden, Eleanor Turner and Friends - an exciting musical collaboration with 8 other musicians,featuring music by Ravel, David Le Page, Deborah Henson-Conant and a new commission by Benjamin Rimmer.
Saturday 5 September 2015 7.30pm 'Music on a Late Summer Evening' LA VIE EN ROSE Trio concert with Lisa Nelsen (flute) and David Le Page (violin/viola) in a programme of French music from Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre to Debussy. PILTON CHURCH, near Oundle, PE8 5SN. Tickets £13, in aid of Pilton Church from firstname.lastname@example.org or 01832 720 448
Sunday 6 September 2015 Playing at Easton Walled Gardens for the Autumn Country Market
26 September 2015 Wild Bird - an exciting concert of electro-acoustic and acoustic harps with 8-piece ensemble at 'Barn Hill' Trinity Methodist Church, Stamford: http://www.stamfordartscentre.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3008:eleanor-turner-in-concert&catid=19:local&Itemid=33
4 October 2015 at 3pm Wild Bird - an intimate, pared-down but no less passionate Wild Bird performance with the Harborough Collective, led by David Le Page, in Market Harborough at The Congregational Church. See website
25 October 2015 Stratford concert with English Serenata at Bidford Parish Church.
5 November 2015 4 Girls 4 Harps at Cheltenham. See Concert Diary listing.
29 November 2015 4 Girls 4 Harps at Rottingdean Arts, Sussex. Rottingdean Village Hall, near Brighton.
5 December 2015 Harp, cello and carol concert with Matthew Sharp (cello and voice) at Abbey Road Church, London, 6.30pm. 'Christmas Twilight' is a family friendly atmospheric concert of music by Ravel, Debussy, Britten and many others, including interactive sing-a-long carols and a chance to try the harp. It will be FUN, friendly and really exciting music! http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/christmas-family-show-tickets-17708077336
12 December 2015 A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten with the Choir of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in STAMFORD - Lincolnshire - at the beautiful St. Martins Church, Stamford. 7.30pm. Conducted by Richard Latham. Tickets from Stamford Arts Centre box office 01780 763203. Promoted by Music at St Martins. Poster with details of the dinner offer at the Bull and Swan here.
13 December 2015 4 Girls 4 Harps at West Lodge Park Hotel, Cockfosters Road, Hadley Wood, EN4 0PY (0PZ for satnav) details and booking here: http://www.bealeshotels.co.uk/westlodgepark/events/2015/12/concert-dinner/
16 December 2015 HARP EVENT AT BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE with Eleanor Turner, Catrin Finch and Katherine Thomas - email Eleanor for more details! email@example.com ALL WELCOME please email me if you'd like to visit and/or join in. You are so welcome! Starts at 1.30pm and the plan from there depends on how many people would like to come so please do get in touch!
17 December Eleanor's Christmas visit to Rainbows Hospice in Loughborough.
18 December 2015 Guest appearance in place of the inimitable Jean Kelly on electric lever harp with the amazing band Ranagri and Tony Christie (yes, THE Tony Christie) in 'The Great Irish Song Book' at the Irish World Heritage Centre, Manchester. 8pm. Tickets here: http://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Manchester/Irish-World-Heritage-Centre/Tony-Christie-and-Ranagri/12578767/
21 December 2015 Eleanor Turner and the Strings of the Harborough Collective, led by David Le Page. Christmas 'Upon a Midnight Clear' concert at 7.30pm, Market Harborough's Congregational Church, firstname.lastname@example.org for ticket reservations. £15 (£12 concessions) children 8-18 £8
23 December 2015 'A Winter's Tale' Christmas Concert at 7.30pm (similar to above) with David Le Page and the Le Page Ensemble featuring McNeill (Jack McNeill) and Heys (Charlie Heys) guitar and fiddle folk duo, music also by J.S. Bach, Palestrina, Jeff Buckley, Corelli, Piazzolla and folk carols from around the world. St. Laurence Church, The Shambles, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1AP, http://www.soglos.com/children-family/35489/Le-Ensemble-Christmas-Concert-in-Stroud
9 January 2016 First concert of the New Year! FUTURE BLEND in Birmingham. An inspired new collective of fresh composers from the city, all writing new compositions for the harp! Old Library, Custard Factory, Birmingham. Time tba.
21 January 2016 at 12.45pm Eleanor returns for the fifth time to Emmanuel Church, Loughborough! Lunchtime recital featuring 'Perlau yn y glaw' (Raindrops Shine Like Pearls) by Mared Emlyn, works by Sibelius and Grieg, Chinese Folk Songs by Chou Wen-Chung and a collection of Edith Piaf songs. http://www.emmanuel-loughborough.org/events.html
30 January 2016 at 7.30pm Turner-Thomas Harp and guitar duo with Alan Thomas at South Holland Centre, Spalding. Book tickets via South Holland Centre (not listed on their website yet but you can phone for tickets). Music by De Falla, Piazzolla, Tiersen and Thomas. You can also email the South Holland Concert Series at email@example.com
2 February 2016 Eleanor Turner solo lunchtime recital at Lincoln Drill Hall, featuring 'Perlau yn y glaw' (Raindrops Shine Like Pearls) by Mared Emlyn, works by Sibelius and Grieg, Chinese Folk Songs by Chou Wen-Chung and a collection of Edith Piaf songs. Promoted by Lincoln International Chamber Music Festival. https://www.lincolndrillhall.com/events/lunchtime-concert-eleanor-turner-
19 February 2016 Concert with Elias String Quartet at The Music Room at Champs Hill, Coldwaltham, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 1LY. New premiere by Ailie Robertson for harp and string quartet, Rise by Benjamin Rimmer, Mared Emlyn's solo harp work Raindrops Shine Like Pearls, Debussy's Danses Sacree et Profane and Haydn's String Quartet Opus 54,2 Email Eleanor firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending
Monday 29 February 10am 'Once Every Four Years' - a special children's concert for Baby Gigs, at Leicester Prep School. See http://www.babygigs.co.uk/#!concerts/cnnz for details and to book online. Eleanor will perform a leaping leap year selection of Waltzes and Jigs, some Chinese folk songs to celebrate the Year of the Monkey and some children's songs
Monday 29th February 3pm repeat of the same concert for Cosy Concerts at Stamford's United Reformed Church. Book online for £5 tickets, tickets on the door are £6. Children free.
Saturday 5 March Harp & Cello concert for children in Bourne, for Little Miracles, in the morning.
Saturday 5 March 3pm Calvert-Turner Duo Cello and Harp Cosy Concert for children and their carers and families, with Rowena Calvert and Eleanor, in Bainton Reading Room, Badinton Lane, Bainton, near Stamford. See here.
6 March 2016 Sunday evening recital (including some duets with the world famous guitarist Xuefei Yang) in the beautiful church of St. Mary Magdalene, Shabbington, Buckinghamshire.
7 March 2016 Remy van Kesteren masterclass at Birmingham Conservatoire , followed by his ECHO stars concert at the Birmingham Town Hall.
8 March 2016 Eleanor will be playing the harp at the launch of a very special book, newly published by Penguin. Iris Grace, an extraordinary young girl with a genuine talent for painting, has followers and admirers all over the world, not to mention collectors who have bought her original art work for their collections. Arabella Carter-Johnson, Iris Grace's mother, has written her first book, about Iris Grace and the way she uses her painting to communicate, and it is hot off the press. Iris Grace often comes to hear Eleanor, and the rest of the Harborough Collective, perform or in rehearsal.
8 April 2016 7.30pm cabaret style seating, Harborough Collective's latest show 'The Interpretation of Dreams' with David Le Page, Eleanor Turner and other members of The Harborough Collective in Market Harborough at the Congregational Church. Music by Arvo Part, Pink Floyd, Satie, Debussy, Glass. £11, £9 concessions, 8-18yr olds accompanied FREE. http://www.harboroughconcerts.co.uk/page3.html
9 April 2016 Concert at Yorkshire Sculpture Park with Opera North, LoveDeath: Music and Words, curated by cellist/baritone Matthew Sharp and featuring music and words by Bill Viola and Richard Wagner. http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/opera-north-presents-lovedeath-music-and-words
16 April 2016 Calvert-Turner Cello and Harp Duo - Thame, Oxfordshire 7.30pm on Saturday 16th April at St. Mary's Church in Thame, Oxfordshire, with long-term duo partner, cellist Rowena Calvert. Follow this link for tickets and more info: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/354727.%C2%A0
21 April (Thursday) 2016 4 Girls 4 Harps at Radlett http://www.radlettcentre.co.uk/What-s-On/Music/4-Girls-4-Harps
13 May 2016 8pm Attacca Trio with Ana de la Vega (flute) and Daniel Rohn (viola) at Southend on Sea Concert Club. The Plaza Centre, 600 Southchurch Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2PT, Tickets £9 (£8) for non-members, phone 01702 215011 Mon-Fri 8.45am-5.15pm or from the Visitors Centre, Allegro Music, Plaza Centre or on the door! Music by Bax, Bach, Debussy, Ravel and Mozart.
19 May 2016 4 Girls 4 Harps at Newbury Spring Festival
21 May 2016 4 Girls 4 Harps at Lyddington
24 May 2016 (Tuesday 1pm) Bury Festival Solo Lunchtime Recital (sorry - SOLD OUT) - Unitarian Meeting House, Bury St. Edmunds https://www.buryfestival.co.uk/whats-on/event/1527/eleanor-turner
7 June 2016 at 2.30pm Harping at celebration of HRH The Queen's 90th Birthday at St. George's Church, Stamford
14 June 2016 Visit to Rainbows hospice, Loughborough, to play for the children.
15 June 2016 Birmingham Conservatoire Open Day - book a consultation with Eleanor or visit the Harp at Birmingham demonstration at 2.15pm email@example.com for details. Please notify Eleanor if you plan to attend, so she can prepare accordingly and make sure your questions are answered.
18 June 2016 Roley's Annual Lymphoma Party (No.2!) Private Charity Event
24 June 2016 Eleanor Turner solo recital at Hepworth House, St. Ives. 6.45pm start
25 June 2016 'Raindrops Shine Like Pearls' Atmospheric outdoor mini-shows and workshops in the stunning Amphitheatre at Trebah Gardens in Cornwall http://www.trebahgarden.co.uk/amphitheatre
26 June 2016 AfternoonConcert with Rowena Calvert, cellist. Details available soon.
30 June 2016 7.30pm Aquilae Flute and Harp Duo with Lisa Nelsen (flute) for Music in Quiet Places at St. John the Baptist's Church, South Witham, NG33 5PL our Enchanted Wood programme (Bach, Ravi Shankar, Debussy, Alwyn and more) in an enchanting church.
3 July 2016 Thomas-Turner Guitar and Harp Duo with Alan Thomas and Eleanor Turner, 4pm Oakham Chapel for Oakham Music Festival, hour-long concert
6 July 2016 Mid-week recital with organist James Parsons. Eleanor is particularly looking forward to collaborating with James Parsons for this Wednesday recital of harp and organ solos as well as Handel's Harp Concerto in Bb with organ accompaniment, and Grandjany's 'Aria in the Classic Style' for harp and organ. http://friends-of-fotheringhay-church.co.uk/events/ Email; firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to reserve a ticket. £10
15 July 2016 (Friday) Carnival of Venice cabaret-style evening concert with the Harborough Collective, led by David Le Page (violin) Music from Monteverdi onwards in high spirits for summer. 7.30pm Market Harborough, Congregational Church Hall, Tickets £15, concessions £9, accompanied children age 8-18 are free. Email email@example.com to reserve tickets.
27 July 2016 9pm solo recital at Teatro Alla Confraternita, Limone Piemonte, Italy. Supported by Salvi.
9-13 August 2016 Eleanor is once again coaching and performing a recital on the Ruth Faber Harp Course in Millfield, Somerset. Her concert will be on Wednesday 10th August at 7.30pm, Millfield School. Free event!
30 August (Tuesday) 2016 at 8pm 'A Song for Hope' with coloratura soprano Tracy Fehr from the USA. St. George's Church, St. Mary's Street, Stamford, PE9 2DL. FREE ENTRY but donations are very welcome, all proceeds go to Association de Cooperation Tunisie (ACT) in particular towards helping single mothers in Tunisia to establish businesses. Beautiful music by Handel, Mozart, De Falla, Ravel, Gerhswin, duets and solos. http://www.stgeorgeschurch.net/how-to-find-us/
4 September 2016 Eleanor performs next to the cafe - 10.30-3.30 - at the Easton Walled Gardens Autumn Market.
4 September 2016 at 6pm Preceeded by Cream Tea at 4.30pm, all proceeds to Launde Abbey. Near Oakham, Rutland, Eleanor gives a shared recital with Vanja Contu at Launde Abbey. Music by Grieg, Debussy, Sibelius, Mared Emlyn, Luciano Berio and Marcel Tournier.
10 September 2016 Workshop with Eleanor Turner for the North East Branch of the Clarsach Society - STONEHAVEN, Aberdeen Eleanor is thrilled to be giving an all-day (half day for juniors) workshop from 10am to 4pm at St. James Church Hall, Stonehaven, AB39 2JB
18 September 2016 Concert with Alan Thomas (guitar) at Mayfield, near Ashbourne, Derbyshire, for Mayfield Music. Music by Manuel de Falla, Yann Tiersen, Tarrega, Mared Emlyn, Piazzolla, Alan Thomas and Bizet. www.mayfieldmusic.org.uk
10 October 2016 (Monday) 7pm Concert at Barts Pathology Museum, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), in connection with Music and the QMUL Centre for the History of the Emotions. Barts Pathology Museum, 3rd Floor, Robin Crook Centre, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, West Smithfield, EC1A 7BEwith Eleanor Turner, Lisa Nelsen (flute) and David Le Page (violin) - a fascinating two-part concert with some audience participation along a psychological thread..tickets from http://eshop.qmul.ac.uk/browse/product.asp?compid=1&modid=1&catid=107 £7 or £3 students
21 October 4pm kids concerts with cellist/bass-baritone/actor Matthew Sharp for The Wheels on Debussy at Crick, Northamptonshire. Details here (soon!): http://www.thewheelsondebussy.com/concerts
9 November 2016 4 Girls 4 Harps Coffee Concert at Champs Hill, Sussex.
10 November 2016 10am Clangers themed Cosy Concert at Barn Hill Methodist Church, Stamford, with Eleanor Turner (harp) and Estelle Langthorne, recorders. £5.49 per adult, all children free, up to 5 children per adult. Booking online is essential, see www.cosyconcerts.co.uk https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cosy-concert-clangers-with-estelle-on-recorders-eleanor-turner-on-harp-tickets-28782840250?aff=ehomecard
17 November Harp auditions at Birmingham Conservatore. Email Eleanor for details: firstname.lastname@example.org Lever Harp syllabus available for 2017 entry as well as Pedal Harp
21 November 2016 (Monday) BabyGig at Market Harborough Congregational Church Hall. Solo harp.
4 December 2016 Spend Sunday afternoon in the company of 4 Girls 4 Harps at Rottingdean, Sussex
7 December 2016 Strings Workshop with Catrin Finch at Birmingham Conservatoire. Closed event. Email Eleanor if you'd like to visit the Conservatoire.
8 December 2016 10am Cosy Concert with Helen Winter (soprano) and Eleanor Turner (harp). £5.49 per adult, all children free, up to 5 children per adult. Booking online is essential, see www.cosyconcerts.co.uk https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cosy-concert-with-soprano-helen-winter-tickets-29402048318?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing
16 December 2016 Evening concert with Helen Winter, soprano, Laxton church.
17 December 2016 Opera North 'Winter Wonderland' with David Le Page, Eleanor and others. 5.30pm and 7.45pm Details and tickets here: https://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/winter-wonderland
19 December 2016 7.30pm 'Winter Palace' concert with The Harborough Collective. http://www.harboroughconcerts.co.uk/concerts.html
22 December 2016 'A Winter Palace' in Stroud at the beautiful church St. Laurence, 7.30pm on Thursday 22nd December. With Dave Le Page, Christopher Allan and friends. Candelit and with punch and mince pies included, the tickets are £15 but under 18s are free. Details and ticket info here.
Thursday 12th January 2017 1.10pmat Warwick University with cellists Rowena Calvert and Nick Roberts. http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/musiccentre/concerts/lunchtime/?calendarItem=094d43f558ddeaef01590822c8c051b7
15 January 7pm onwards SOLO HARP acoustic and electric in Digbeth, Birmingham, on Sunday 15th January, starting around 7pm (tbc) as part of the Sunday Classics series at The Spotted Dog pub. Free entry, donations welcome. Classical and contemporary music, informal atmosphere. Pre-premiere of 'The Wood and The Water' for electric harp and Myo Mapper gesture controlled armband, as well as pure acoustic classical music!
19 January 7.30pm STAMFORD (doors 7pm) Eleanor performs solo acoustic music by Satie, Liszt, Debussy, Benjamin Rimmer, Dario Marianelli, Jerome Kern, Duke Ellington and others. Free tickets but please reserve by emailing email@example.com Retiring collection for charity, organised by St. Peter's Community Group.
20 January 6.30pm Chinese New Year at The Bramall, Birmingham University Friday 20th Jan 6.30pm FREE entry reserve in advance if possible https://thebramall.co.uk/events/chinese-new-year-concert/
Celebrate the year of the Fire Rooster with pianist Didi (Di Xiao), Eleanor Turner and cellist Jiaxin Lloyd Webber, along with surprise guest Poppy Weng on Chinese Zheng. Featuring music by Piazzolla, original music by Didi and Ellie, Julian Lloyd Webber, Andrew Lloyd Webber, William Lloyd Webber and traditional Chinese music. SOLD OUT! thanks for coming!
Eleanor is currently composing a new work for the electric harp with the Myo Mapper armband, in conjunction with Balandino Di Donato at the Integra research lab at Birmingham Conservatoire, which will be performed by Eleanor on Saturday 21st January in a concert that starts at 5.45pm in The Dome Room at the Conservatoire's Harp Day, sponsored by Kleinwort Hambros. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/birmingham-harp-day-2017-tickets-28671531322
21 January 2017 Harp Day at Birmingham Conservatoire 10.30am to 10pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/birmingham-harp-day-2017-tickets-28671531322 FULL DETAILS HERE
26 January 2017 Birmingham Conservatoire Open Day. 12.45pm-1.45pm TALK by Eleanor about the Harp Department (no concert)
7.30pm Grimsby Auditorium with Ranagri and Tony Christie click here.
27 January 2017 Concert in Barnes, with James Turnbull (oboe) just a few pieces together
31 January 2017 Performing in Hereford with Tony Christie and Ranagri
2 February 2017 10.30am Piccolo Concert for babies and small children, very informal, St. John's Church in the centre of Peterborough, next to Queensgate shopping centre. Solo harp and lots of fun!
12 February 2017 Sunday harp workshop by Ellie, c/o Robin Ward in Birmingham. Blue Orange Theatre, email Eleanor firstname.lastname@example.org for details, Garden of Delights solo harp recital by Ellie in the evening at 6pm. ALL WELCOME!
15 February 2017 7.30pm, Foyle Studio, MAC Birmingham - Mendi Mohinder Singh (tablas) together with Eleanor Turner (harps), Rioghnach Connolly (flute and vocals), Fiona Brownie (bagpipes) and Ben Cashell (cello) create a diverse evening of world music - a fusion of Indian and Western classical, jazz, Irish, trad and more! Cannon Hill Park, B12 9QH. Tickets £10 (£8 concessions) available here through South Asian Arts: http://sampad.org.uk/event/an-evening-of-world-music-with-mendi-singh-and-friends/
25-26 February 2017 Eleanor performs at an 'Arpissima' event in Rome, Italy, courtesy of Salvi Harps https://www.salviharps.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/cartolina-roma-web.pdf
2 March 2017 Eleanor performs with Rowena Calvert, cello, in a Piccolo kids' concert at St. John's Church, Peterborough 10.30am https://www.facebook.com/PiccoloAtStJohns
4-5 March 2017 Camac Weekend, organised and hosted by Telynau Vining Harps, Cardiff - Eleanor will be giving electric harp workshops with Balandino Di Donato and other workshops for various abilities! Many other world class artists will be there too! Including the legend Deborah Henson-Conant! Full details and booking form on www.camacharps.co.uk
9 March 2017 10am Cosy Concert 'Flamenco!' for babies and kids, £5.50 per adult ticket when booked online via www.cosyconcerts.co.uk and all babies and children get FREE entry. Barn Hill Methodsist Church, with Alan Thomas (guitar)
11 March 2017 7.30pm Concert at St. John the Baptist, Clarendon Park, LEICESTER. With the wonderful Kingfisher Chorale, directed by Giles Turner (no relation!) A Noone of Night by Palle Mikkelborg, Cantique de Jean Racine by Faure, Peer Gynt Suite by Grieg, Benjamin Rimmer's choral works and magical harp solos and other choral works. £12 (£15 on the door), £5 students. http://www.kingfisherchorale.org/concerts/4565346327
12 March 2017 4 Girls 4 Harps concert in Halesworth, Suffolk https://www.halesworthartsfestival.org.uk/events/4GIRLS4HARPS
19 March 2017 Eleanor Turner and her Birmingham Conservatoire Harp Students at SUNDAY CLASSICS at The Spotted Dog pub, Digbeth, Birmingham http://www.spotteddog.co.uk/
21 March 2017 Lunchtime concert at St. John's Church, Peterborough. Solo harp.
23 March 2017 Ranagri at Crookes Folk Club http://www.songkick.com/concerts/28686299-ranagri-at-crookes-folk-club?utm_source=11593&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=widget&utm_content=6876669
24 March 2017 Workshop at Wells Cathedral School, c/o Ruth Faber
Bath Chapel Arts Centre gig with Ranagri http://www.songkick.com/concerts/27995769-ranagri-at-chapel-arts-centre?utm_source=11593&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=widget&utm_content=6876669
25 March 2017 7.30pm A Noone of Night, Concert at St. Martin's Church, Stamford, with Giles Turner's Kingfisher Chorale - A Noone of Night by Palle Mikkelborg, Cantique de Jean Racine by Faure, Peer Gynt Suite by Grieg, Benjamin Rimmer's choral works and magical harp solos and other choral works. Music at St. Martins
30 March 2017 Ranagri at Redbourne Folk Club, St. Albans http://www.songkick.com/concerts/26335764-ranagri-at-redbourne-folk-club?utm_source=11593&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=widget&utm_content=6876669
31 March 2017 Ranagri at Woodman Folk Club, Kingswinford, DY6 0AQ http://www.songkick.com/concerts/29010959-ranagri-at-woodman-folk-club?utm_source=11593&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=widget&utm_content=6876669
1 April 2017 Ranagri in Scarborough http://www.songkick.com/concerts/29010964-ranagri-at-woodend-gallery?utm_source=11593&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=widget&utm_content=6876669
2 April 2017 Ranagri in Saltburn by the Sea http://www.songkick.com/concerts/29010974-ranagri-at-saltburn-community-arts-centre?utm_source=11593&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=widget&utm_content=6876669
3 April 2017 Ranagri in Beverley, Yorkshire https://www.hull2017.co.uk/whatson/events/evening-ranagri-friends/
13 April 2017 Stamford 'Cosy Concert' for children (babies through to Under 18s, not kids music) with Mendi Singh on tabla, Thursday 13th April 11am at Trinity Methodist Church, Barn Hill, Indian craft workshop from 10am with Alice Darkling. See www.cosyconcerts.co.uk for details and booking options.
20 April 2017 Warwickshire, The Wheels on Debussy for babies and children, at 10.30am, St. Andrew's Church, Church Street, Rugby, CV21 3PT. See www.thewheelsondebussy.com for more info and booking.
21 April 2017 Evening concert 8pm start (finishes around 10.30/11pm) at Hinckley ACT - supported by my good friend and excellent guitarist/singer-songwriter Martin Nelson! £11 for non-members, £10 members. Unit 7, Watling Close, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 3EZ http://hinckleyact.co.uk/event/eleanor-turner-2/
6 May 2017 Concert with Giles Turner's Kingfisher Chorale, Lutterworth - the last of the tour - don't miss it! Some incredible music by Palle Mikkelborg (A Noone of Night), solos and choral music by Benjamin Rimmer, plus a variety of choral music including Faure's Cantique de Jean Racine, as well as harp solos by Grieg, Dario Marianelli and Liszt.
12 May 7.30pm 4 Girls 4 Harps at St. Andrew's Church, South Church, Bishop Auckland, nearest postcode DL14 6SP. Visit the page on the Bishop Auckland Music Society website: http://bvemv.orpheusweb.co.uk/BAMSWeb/bams.html
13 May 2017 Coffee Concert by the harpists of Birmingham Conservatoire, Bromsgrove St. John's Chruch, details tbc (Eleanor not playing)
15 May 12pm onwards. Lunchtime concert at Southampton University: Turner Sims University of Southampton Highfield Campus SO17 1BJ - Pre-concert talk by Eleanor and Balandino Di Donato about the HarpCI project - harp and live electronics, using the latest gesture controlled technology. 1pm Concert on electric harp with live electronics (finishes 1.50pm) and see below for the workshop at 2-3.45pm all welcome, harpists and non-harpists. Contact Eleanor email@example.com or Louise Johnson on 023 8059 8424 or email L.L.Johnson@soton.ac.uk for more information or to book a place. http://www.southampton.ac.uk/music/news/events/2017/05/15-sculpting-the-sound.page
15 May WORKSHOP opportunity! http://www.southampton.ac.uk/humanities/news/events/2017/05/15-eleanor-turner-workshop.page
18 May 1.10pm Warwick University lunchtime concert. Free entry, all welcome! in the Ensemble Room at Warwick Arts Centre (I am doing this in place of Rowena Calvert so the following link shows her name: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/events/freeconcerts/?calendarItem=8a17841a5b90df0c015b9fcc1a4c0c6f)
26 May 7.30pm Rowena Calvert and David Le Page join me for our first ever trio concert at the beautiful church of Holy Trinity Church, Bengeo, Hertfordshire, SG14 3JJ It's part of the esteemed Hertford International Concert Series, put on by Rowena and her husband, Rhys. £14 tickets, available on the door or in advance from the Bengeo Post Office or Hertford Tourist Office, Tel: 01992 584322 Tickets https://hertics.com/ - visit and like the facebook page here.
10 June (Saturday) Workshop 11am-4pm and 5pm concert at St. Andrew's Church, Langar, Nottinghamshire, NG13 9HG Ideal for harpists of all ages between grades 1 and 5 to participate in workshop, mainly ensemble playing, focus on fun and participation! Students can take part in the 5pm concert to show what they have worked on during the day. Eleanor Turner will also perform.
2 July 3pm and 6.30pm TWO Fundraising Concerts for Ellie's Hong Kong World Harp Congress trip!
3pm Harp and String Quartet (led by Chris Rogers) concert at the United Reformed Church, Star Lane, PE9 1PH in Stamford. One hour of sumptious harp and string quartet music by Stamford's own Benjamin Rimmer and Scotland's Savourna Stevenson, plus solo harp works. A Family Friendly performance light in mood and perfect for a Sunday Summer afternoon! Free but donations are most welcome, in support of Eleanor's upcoming appearance representing the UK at the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong. Eleanor is very grateful to the support of her church and local friend and violinist Chris Rogers.
2 July 2nd concert at 6.30pm (ish) at The Spotted Dog pub, Digbeth, Birmingham, 104 Warwick Street, B12 0NH. As above.
4 July Eleanor Turner 1pm solo concert at Lincoln Drill Hall £7 in advance or £8 on the door https://www.lincolndrillhall.com/events/licmf-lunchtime-concert-eleanor-turner-harp
11 July 2017 16.30-17.45h Amphitheatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), 1 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong. Harp and strings concert in Hong Kong at the World Harp Congress
12 July 2017 21h Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Pop and Jazz concert with Deborah Henson-Conant and Shelley Fairplay at the World Harp Congress.
24 July 2017 4 Girls 4 Harps King's Lynn Festival http://www.kingslynnfestival.org.uk/
30 July 2017 Guest appearance with Chroma - concert with Clare O'Connell (cello) and David Le Page (violin) including Henriette Renie's Trio for Harp, Violin and Cello, and Saint-Saens' 'Fantaisie' for violin and harp
1 August 2017 4 Girls 4 Harps at Church Stretton
2 August 2017 1pm Eleanor's solo lunchtime recital at Peterborough Cathedral
9-13 August 2017 Ruth Faber's Teenage Harp Course which Eleanor tutors on
11 August Eleanor's course recital, Millfield School, Street, near Glastonbury. 7.30pm start, tickets on the door. BA16 0YD Music by Bach, Albeniz, Marianelli, Barbara Heller, Liszt, Jesus Guridi, Malcolm Arnold (guest appearance by Keziah Thomas) and Prokofiev, as well as traditional Turkish music.
25 August 7pm onwards at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green, London. Eleanor and Balandino perform The Wood and The Water at the Audio Mostly Conference (on interaction with sound) in an electronic concert.
30 August to 2 September Eleanor tutors on the Glasbury Harp Course, alongside Harriet Earis and Adriano Sangineto. http://www.glasburyarts.co.uk/summer-school-booking-form/harp-summer-school
3 September 2017 Easton Walled Gardens Autumn Market - Eleanor will perform, as she has for many years now, near to the tea rooms.
9 September 2017 4 Girls 4 Harps Leamington Hastings
20 September 2017 Eleanor accompanies a Gong Bath at Stamford Arts Centre, led by Laura Serenity Byatt. Starts at 7.30pm (get in and relax from 7pm)
30 September 2017 Eleanor performs Handel's Harp Concerto in Bb with English National Baroque Ensemble at St. George's, Bristol. https://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/event/english-national-baroque-ensemble-4/
8 October 2017 Musicathon - sponsored playing to raise money for Dementia UK in Oakham, Rutland.
12 October 2017 10.30am BabyGigs solo harp morning concert at Leicester Prep School, Albert Road, LE2 2AA www.babygigs.co.uk
17 October 2017 4 Girls 4 Harps CD launch concert in Temple, London
18-20 October 2017 Eleanor and Balandino present HarpCI and The Wood and The Water in Shanghai
21 October 2017 Chroma Ensemble recital in Devon, Teignmouth Performing Arts Centre, music by Renie, Saint-Saens, Ibert and Debussy (guest appearance in trio with David Le Page and Clare O'Connell) Exeter Road, Teignmouth,TQ14 9HZ
28 October 2017 Concert at Trinity Methodist Church, Stamford
3 December 2017 Eleanor and her students of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire perform at The Spotted Dog, Digbeth, Birmingham, from 6pm. https://www.facebook.com/TheSpottedDogSundayClassics/
10 December 2017 Harvey Brough's 'The Bells of Paradise' sung by Vox Holloway, Eleanor on harp. Sold Out.
15 December 2017 Ellie and the rest of Ranagri perform at The New Inn, Witney, Oxfordshire, starts about 8pm.
20 December 2017 Dave Le Page Ensemble with Eleanor in Southwell Library, NG25 0EH. 'Midwinter' starts at 7.30pm. http://www.davidlepage.co.uk/le-page-ensemble-concerts-in-southwell.html
21 December 2017 Harborough Collective Christmas concert 'Midwinter' at 7.30pm at The Congregational Church, Market Harborough.
18 January 2018 Ellie performs new album material with Ranagri in her home town of Stamford in the Voodoo Lounge at Mama Liz's on North Street. Tickets £8 online or £10 on the door, available here Guest artists Kerry Devine and Maija Sofia perform first, doors 7.30pm
19 January 2018 4 Girls 4 Harps at Truro Arts