PoppyHarp Competitive Harp Festival 16th February 2019
Congratulations to Kye Phoenix for winning this class with her performance of The Young Horse Reel. Runner up: Izbela Ward Well done to all of the competitors in this class, you all played beautifully!
Congratulations to Annie Wynne-Edwards for winning this class with her performance of Magic Dreams. Runner up: Evie Davis This was a thoroughly enjoyable class, well done everyone!
Congratulations to Emily Speller for winning this class with her performance and composition - Emily's Rondo Runner up: Megan Collyer - In my Garden This was a fantastically inventive class, well done everyone.
Well done to all the mini Maestros for their performances! Lexi, Leandi, Mya, Chloe, Louisa all performed amazingly!
Congratulations to Caitlin Liew for winning this class with her performance of Shule Aroon Runner up: This was a brilliant way to end the day! Well done everyone - keep up the awesome work!
Adjudicator: Eira Lynn Jones
"A magical weekend at the Poppy Harp Festival with the enterprising Fran Barsby. I enjoyed: ...adjudicating classes for Budding Harpists, Inventive Harpists, Fledgling Harpists and Mini Maestros! ...giving positive comments to enthusiastic young musicians. ...directing an “Inspire Day” with the Poppy Harp Ensemble. ...presenting my “how to practise” talk. ...seeing a wonderful harp hub, full of colour, inspiration, and harps! Everyone came to play a solo and got constructive comments. They left happy, inspired and motivated. Surely this should be the model for all harp competitions/festivals??!! Bravo to Poppy Harps!"
Eira is a versatile musician, with a passion for creativity and originality. Her eclectic career includes orchestral work, recordings, publications, commissions and chamber music. At the Manhattan School of Music, New York, she studied with Kathleen Bride, a pupil of Marcel Grandjany and now enjoys sharing his teaching ideas and music. Widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading harp teachers, she is Head of Harp at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and has led workshops in Iceland, Denmark, Greece USA and Sweden. She will be Guest Artist at this year’s Edinburgh International Harp Festival where she has created an unique opportunity for young harpists to perform alongside her. Her publications include several volumes of solo harp pieces, flute and harp arrangements and a “Progress” book for harpists. As a member of The Juniper Project, she works with flautist Anna Rosa Mari and their “Fragments” CD includes works by Andres, Ibert and Debussy:“Fascinating ‘off the beaten track pieces’...sensitively played...delightful performance” (British Music Society) Her solo albums have also achieved notable success: “I love the album. The diversity of music, a very accomplished technique, and your heart coming through” (Alan Stivell) Eira’s enthusiasm for the harp is infectious, and she is a true ambassador for this most magical of instruments. www.eiralynnjones.com