Upcoming Concerts & Workshops


Upcoming Concerts & workshops


26th February, 1 - 4pm £12
Workshop - Birmingham
Workshop is aimed at imtermediate level players (Grade 3 - 5) Please contact Robin for more details
Blue Orange Theatre
118 Great Hampton Street,
Birmingham, B18 6AD

9th April, 1 - 4pm £12
Workshop - Birmingham

Workshop is aimed at imtermediate level players (Grade 3 - 5) Please contact Robin for more details
Blue Orange Theatre118 Great Hampton Street,Birmingham, B18 6AD

21st May, 2 - 5pm £12
Workshop - Birmingham
Workshop is aimed at imtermediate level players (Grade 3 - 5) Please contact Robin for more details
Blue Orange Theatre
118 Great Hampton Street,
Birmingham, B18 6AD

2nd July, 2 - 5pm £12
Workshop - Birmingham

Workshop is aimed at imtermediate level players (Grade 3 - 5) Please contact Robin for more details
Blue Orange Theatre118 Great Hampton Street,Birmingham, B18 6AD

Performance Information

Robin plays a wide range of repertoire from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic Periods, as well as from Folk traditions. His programmes are essentially an exploration of music on the triple harp. Harpists have always had a limited array of music originally written for the instrument and have had to rely on their ingenuity and a fair deal of ‘borrowing’ from keyboard and lute repertoires to keep their lives interesting and to keep themselves employed. Keeping in this tradition much of Robin’s repertoire is made up of his own personal transcriptions and arrangement of works that were written for other instruments.

Sample Programme:

Aileen Aroon – John Parry (1710-1782)
David of the White Rock – John Parry
The Rising Lark – Edward Jones (1796)

Pavan Lachrimae – John Dowland (1563-1626)
Can she excuse – John Dowland

Capricio Arabe – Francisco Tarrega (1854 – 1909)

Sonata – Jean-Baptiste Cardon (1760 – 1803)
Allegro, Rondo

Si Beg Si Mor – Turlough O’Carolan (1670-1738)
Sir Festus Burke – Turlough O’Carolan

Interval

Sonata Bastada – Sophia Corri (1775-1847)
Allegro maestoso, Farewell to Lochaber, Rondo-Caledonian Hunt

General Leslys godnight – Wemyss Lute Book (c1645)
Lady Iveah – Thomas Connelan (c1640 – 1698)
The Hawke of Ballyshannon – Turlough O’Carolan (1670-1738)

Miss Hamilton – Cornelius Lyons (c1680-1750)
Sir Thomas Burke – Turlough O’Carolan

La Catedral – Agustin Barrios Mangore (1885 – 1944)
Preludio Saudade, Andante religioso, Allegro Solemne

Leyenda – Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)

Programmes for 2016

Programme 1 - Classical and Celtic music for harps

Programme will follow a similar format to the programme above, a mixture of pieces from the British Isles and pieces from the classical idiom. Programme will include works by Luis Milan, Robert de Visee and John Parry, J.L Dussek, C.N.R Boscha and E. Granados played on a variety of harps.

Programme 2 - Music from Scotland, Ireland and Wales

The works in this programme are comprised of predominantly harp music from the Irish, Scots and Welsh traditions where the pieces come from a variety of sources. Programme features music played on gut and wire strung harps. 

Reviews

“... An innate and well practiced sense of musicianship pervaded throughout all styles of music. His assured rhythmic drive, extremely sensitive shaping of the phrase structure and expressive playing within the small dynamic range of the instrument made this recital a delight from beginning to end. Don’t miss this rarely talented performer next time he returns to his homeland.”

- Allan Purdy. ‘Harpmaker, player shows rare talent’
Taranaki Daily news, NZ 22 Feb 2010

“...In performance Ward is obviously a most sensitive musician. His programme gave plenty of opportunity for him to fully explore the expressive technique of the instrument, from the lively opening to Parry’s Lesson through to the magical conclusion of the Glinka Nocturne, all completely captivating the audience...”

- Stephen Fisher. ‘Sensitive and expressive triple harp captivates’
Manawatu Standard 15 Feb 2010

“... a musician of wonderful fluency and refined musicality. His playing was invested by a keen stylistic sensitivity, attracting particular attention, Bach’s Suite BWV 996 with its tastefully ornamented phrases ... I had not known what to expect from this concert; what I heard quite captivated me both by the variety and charm of the music itself and by the great accomplishment of the executant.”
-  Lindis Taylor. Middle C, Wellington,NZ
Issue no.3 March/April 09

“What a wonderful talent you have! Count me a future customer! Your Fan, John Rhys-Davies”

© Robin Ward 2017