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Wedding at Caversham House

Posted by Eliza Bourgault du Coudray on March 24, 2019 at 2:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Weddings are some of my favourite events at which to play the harp. It is always such a joyful event - and at times weddings can be pretty emotional, too!

Yesterday (Saturday March 23rd, 2019), I was booked to play for the wedding ceremony and pre-reception. The wedding was located at the beautiful Caversham House in the Swan Valley. As a wedding harpist, I have played at numerous different venues and locations - restaurants, public parks, wineries, resorts - and I have to say that Cave...

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Plainchant

Posted by Eliza Bourgault du Coudray on March 9, 2019 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (0)

An objective of my studies to become a certified harp therapist is to be able to play and improvise in a variety of musical genres, from classical to contemporary, movie music to jazz and even oriental music. A genre that I focused on recently is plainchant. Here is a video of my own arrangement of the plainchant Victimae Paschali Laudes:

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How long should my child practise for?

Posted by Eliza Bourgault du Coudray on March 6, 2019 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Some kids willingly go to their instruments and take their own initiative regarding their music practice. For others, practice seems to be a chore, and it is not always easy to get them to play their instrument. As a teacher, I can easily see which students have put in the work over the week, and I can just as easily see when no progress has been made. In this article, I will outline the importance of music practice, provide some general guidelines regarding how long a child should practise t...

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Wedding

Posted by Eliza Bourgault du Coudray on March 20, 2016 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I was lucky and privileged to play for a wedding this early afternoon.

The groom's brother contacted me this week to ask if I'd be happy to play for the wedding, 10min of background music, plus a special request for the processional. I was more than happy to!

The venue was Willow Pond Garden in Canning Vale. It is a very pretty garden, but I have to say I was slightly afraid of the harp falling in the water when crossing the bridge!

After setting up, I played my usual backg...

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Harp gathering

Posted by Eliza Bourgault du Coudray on March 19, 2016 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)

On the 13th of March was the first annual harp gathering of the year for the WA Harp Society. All the members of the society were invitedd to attend, and about 20 people showed up, with another 20 or so making up an audience. We played 9 ensemble pieces, and a smaller group of harpists also performed 2 songs. The theme was St Patrick's so we were all told to dress up in green; also, the pieces were mostly celtic tunes (although we played the theme of Game of Thrones!). I was put in charge of ...

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WACO Season 2

Posted by Eliza Bourgault du Coudray on March 6, 2016 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The second season of WACO was fun, rewarding, exciting, and very successful!!! For this season, WACO supported Guide Dogs WA and we managed to raise (brace yourself) $19 000!!!

I only performed in two pieces. The first was Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. There was a second harpist so it was great to have some company during rehearsals and on stage! I also featured in Samuel Parry's own arrangement of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.

Well done to everyone involved, and I'd ...

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January wedding expos

Posted by Eliza Bourgault du Coudray on January 24, 2016 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)

As I am now the resident harpist at Riverside Ensembles, I participated in two wedding expos this month.

The first was the eBridal Wedding Expo. It's a huge expo, has hundreds of vendors, is held at the convention centre, and runs over two days. I played two solo sets on both Saturday and Sunday. When I was not playing, the string quartet was performing. It was very fun but what was even more surprising was that a couple booked me to play for their engagement party which was on the day ...

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Wesley: last performance.

Posted by Eliza Bourgault du Coudray on December 28, 2015 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)

On the 20th of December I played harp for my last worship service as a Wesley Scholar.

I accompanied the choir (directed by the amazing Angela Currie) for two movements from Britten's A Ceremony of Carols. It was lovely and a lot of fun. I also played J.S Bach's Prelude in C as my solo piece. The rest of the service was filled with readings from the Bible, music played on the piano by the exquisite pianist Caroline Badnall, other choir songs and of course congregational hymns.

Aft...

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Sorcerer & Saxophone

Posted by Eliza Bourgault du Coudray on December 16, 2015 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)

On Sunday the 13th I played harp with the Fremantle Symphony Orchestra for their last concert of the year "Sorcerer and Saxophone".

The concert celebrated the French composer Dukas who was born some 150 years earlier. I performed in Dukas' work The Sorcerer's Apprentice, which is a really quirky and exciting orchestral work.

It was lovely performing in a venue as nice and authentic as the Fremantle Town Hall!

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WACO Season 1

Posted by Eliza Bourgault du Coudray on December 16, 2015 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)

On the 12th of December I had the absolute pleasure of playing with the WACO Wind Band. The rehearsals were very fun but the concert was amazing. I think the audience was slightly blown away - we got a standing ovation - but I have to admit I had my share of emotional moments throughout the evening. The Happy Christmas (War is Over) realy moved me, but I think when I saw the public standing up, clapping for us, thanking us for the music, that was also a very special moment.

This concert...

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