|Posted by Eliza Bourgault du Coudray on June 27, 2019 at 9:05 AM||comments (0)|
A few years ago, I played the harp for a funeral. It was my first time providing music for this kind of event and I remember being very moved by the service and the occasion. Bringing the gentle sounds of the harp was really special to me to create an atmosphere of peace for the people at the service.
So when the opportunity came to play background music on the harp for the opening of a funeral home in Rockingham, I grabbed it despite it being some distance from where I live ...!
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|Posted by Eliza Bourgault du Coudray on June 20, 2019 at 9:25 PM||comments (0)|
On the evening of the 20th of June, I was booked to play background music for the office-bearers changeover of the Nedlands Rotary Club. As a Rotarian myself, I was so happy to use my vocation and skills as a musician for an organisation close to my heart.
The three-course dinner was held at the Nedlands Bowling Club. I began playing at 6.30pm whilst the club members and their guests arrived. At 7.00pm the formal proceedings happened with a few speeches and traditions. I played again so...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Eliza Bourgault du Coudray on April 13, 2019 at 11:00 PM||comments (0)|
We've all heard the old adage that "practice makes perfect" but have you ever considered how the environment may affect your practice? Is your music room promoting productive practice habits or is stopping you in your tracks? In this article I offer a few basic tips on how to organise and set up your practice room to optimise your environment for music practice.
1. Have an actual music room
For some, this can be easier said than done. The basic idea behin...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Eliza Bourgault du Coudray on April 13, 2019 at 10:55 PM||comments (0)|
I have added a new video to my Youtube channel: a harp cover of Perfect by Ed Sheeran.
|Posted by Eliza Bourgault du Coudray on March 24, 2019 at 2:25 AM||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...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Eliza Bourgault du Coudray on March 9, 2019 at 11:50 PM||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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|Posted by Eliza Bourgault du Coudray on March 6, 2019 at 1:25 AM||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...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Eliza Bourgault du Coudray on March 20, 2016 at 4:25 AM||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...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Eliza Bourgault du Coudray on March 19, 2016 at 7:10 AM||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 ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Eliza Bourgault du Coudray on March 6, 2016 at 5:55 AM||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 ...Read Full Post »