As the founder member of musical group 4 Girls 4 Harps, Stamford’s Eleanor Turner is delighted that the quartet is at last getting some real recognition.
The girls, who have been performing together for 13 years, are now well-established as Europe’s leading female harp ensemble.
Last week they released a 4 Girls 4 Harps at Christmas album which received a 4 star review from BBC Music Magazine and is being featured as this week’s chosen disc on Classic FM Drive.
Eleanor said: “This is really exciting, because it gives us a lot more national exposure and hopefully that will increase CD sales and concert attendance for our tour.”
Eleanor, 31, along with Keziah Thomas, Elizabeth Scorah and Harriet Adie, all have successful solo careers but, as a quartet, have their music played regularly on BBC radio stations and have performed live on Radio 2’s Friday Night Is Music Night. They will also be taking part in the World Harp Congress in Sydney, Australia, in July.
4Girls4Harps are currently on a national 12-date Christmas tour which will see them perform at Stilton near Peterborough on Thursday (December 12) and Grantham on Saturday, December 21. Other venues include Temple Church in London, Fairfield Halls in Croydon and Herstmonceaux Castle in Sussex.
The CD features arrangements of popular and lesser-known carols and Christmas songs, including Silent Night, I Saw Three Ships and Deck The Halls. The girls are committed to expanding and creating the musical repertoire for a harp quartet. Eleanor and Harriet both compose music and collaborated with a number of other composers and performers in making the record.
Eleanor, a mother of two, began playing the harp at the age of five and made her concert debut at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London aged 15. She has won numerous musical prizes, teaches harp privately and at local schools and also holds workshops.
Thursday’s 4 Girls 4 Harps by Candlelight concert is at St Mary Magdalene Church, Stilton, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £15 (£12), under 16s £6 - book with Peter Mitchell on 01733 244666. This concert also features flautist Kate Risdon who has been blind since birth and, like her brother James, plays with the British Paraorchestra.
The Grantham concert is at St John’s Spitalgate at 7.30pm. Tickets are £15 (£10), under 16s free, available from Cecilia Winter on 01476 562128. This concert features international operatic soprano Helen Winter.
4 Girls 4 Harps at Christmas CDs will be available for £10 each at the concerts and the girls will happily sign them. See www.4girls4harps.com for more details.