2015 will be our 15th anniversary. We feel very proud that we have been working as a group for such a long time, however, a lot of our success is down to the music that we perform. We are indebted to the many great composers of the past whose music we have 'borrowed', but also to the composers alive today who have written us some fantastically varied, challenging and inventive pieces of music. We would therefore like to honour them over the next few months by running a series of interviews with each composer who has created an original work for us. We hope that this will give you the chance to find out a bit more about the people behind the music that has been our constant companion for so many years.
The first composer to write for us was Edward ('Ted') Watson, who we commissioned in 2002 to write 'A Celtic Springtime'. We recorded Ted's piece on our first ever CD when we still went by the name 'Barkham Harp Quartet'. We were very young and still had lots to learn about pretty much everything from how to play for a recording to how to get the best out of playing with four harps. Ted's composition is a spritely piece of music with lots of interweaving parts threading through the harps. It really makes you think of the eagerness behind the change in season from Winter to Spring, and all the abundent life that is about to leap forth! You can listen to 'A Celtic Springtime' here.