Concert: Harpist

Well known North East harpist to perform at fish quay heritage centre

A well-known North East harpist Sarah Paterson is to perform at a concert in North Shields in March.

Sarah, who lives in North Yorkshire, will play at the Old Low Light Heritage Centre on North Shields Fish Quay, on Friday 24 March at 7.30pm.

Tickets at £15pp can be booked online above.

She was inspired to play the harp aged six after seeing an episode of a well-known children’s TV show featuring the instrument. She later studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, during which time she was selected for the BBC Philharmonic Professional Experience Scheme, as principal harpist in the resident orchestra at the Cantiere Internazionale D’Arte Montepulciano and to perform at the Bridgewater Hall and Wigmore Hall.

In 2008 she was honoured to be one of the 60 harpists to play for the then HRH Prince Charles’ 60th birthday celebrations at the Royal Opera House.

She now enjoys an eclectic freelance career and also teaches the harp. She is a keen orchestral player, an interest cultivated by three years in the National Children’s Orchestra and regularly works with Orchestra North East.

The concert is the fourth and final event in a programme of chamber concerts at the Old Low Light organised by David Murray, an acclaimed pianist and his wife Jennifer, an accomplished clarinettist.

Sarah’s programme will explore original harp music from the early 19th century through to the present day alongside much-loved music which has been transcribed for the harp.  Journey from the elegance of Naderman and Glinka through the exuberance of Gliere’s ‘Impromptu’, the storytelling of Zabel’s ‘Marguerite au Rouet’, Swift’s ‘Time Spinner’ and Reeman’s emotional and descriptive ‘Three Epitaphs for Harp’, with an added contemporary twist from Salzedo alongside Bernard Andres’ toe-tapping homage to Duke Ellington.

David said: “It is a great pleasure for us to bring first rate chamber musicians to such a lovely community venue as the Old Low Light. We hope this is making chamber music more accessible to local people by providing it on their doorstep.”

Guy Moody, centre director at the Old Low Light said: “We are delighted to host concerts by first class musicians and are very grateful to David and Jennifer for supporting us in this way.”

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