Abbotsholme Arts Society

Next Concert:

  • 4 Girls 4 Harps

               Sunday 26 April, 2020 3:00 pm
    • Mendelssohn
      Incidental music for A Midsummer Night's Dream
    • Bizet
      Entr'actes I, II and IV from Carmen
    • Rimsky-Korsakov
      The young Prince and Princess from Scheherazade
    • Prokofiev
      Grand Waltz from Cinderella
    • Bernstein
      Overture to Candide
    • Massenet
      Scenes from L'histoire de Manon
    • Khachaturian
      Mazurka and Waltz from Masquerade Suite
    • Henriette Renié

    Eleanor Turner, Harriet Adie, Keziah Thomas, Elizabeth Bass

    Since their formation in 2000, 4 Girls 4 Harps have been heard in numerous venues and festivals in the UK and across Europe, delighting audiences with their dynamic performances and innovative repertoire. The quartet has featured on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune, BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night, BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, Classic FM and Welsh television channel S4C.  4 Girls 4 Harps’ debut album ‘Fireworks and fables’ was released in 2009, showcasing their own arrangements of impressionist works by Ravel and Saint-Saëns as well as new works by the group’s own composers Harriet Adie and Eleanor Turner. Well received by critics, it led to broadcasts on national and international radio. 2015 saw the ensemble celebrate their 15th anniversary as a group. Alongside a full concert diary, they marked this milestone by premiering an exciting new commission, Tetra, composed by four female British composers. The commission was generously funded by the PRS for Music Foundation’s Women Make Music programme, The Ambache Trust and RV Williams Trust. In addition, they also founded the British Harp Chamber Music Competition (the only competition of its kind in the UK) to encourage other young harpists to perform chamber music and to champion the harp in a chamber music setting. 2020 will see the ensemble celebrate their 20th anniversary as a group.