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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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Christmas carolling

Posted by Eliza Bourgault du Coudray on December 6, 2015 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

How often do you get to see and hear more than one harp in a shopping centre? The answer is - about once a year: at Christmas time!

The WA Harp Society (of which I am a member) had organised for harpists to meet at Woolstores in Fremantle to play some Christmas music for about an hour. In the end there were only four of us. We played arrangements of Christmas carols as well as other little tunes. We'd decorated our instruments with tinsels and other Christmassy decorations! It was a lot...

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Bach To Satie

Posted by Eliza Bourgault du Coudray on December 6, 2015 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Last night my musical buddy Darryn and I had our first formal concert!

It was great to be able to perform to an audience the music we had been working on for so long and so diligently. Our programme consisted of three major works arranged for harp and guitar: J.S Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 and Erik Satie's Gnossiennes and Gymnopédies. We also performed Saint-Saëns's The Swan as an encore.

I can't believe it's all over already! Thanks to everyone who came and supported us ...

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Winthrop Society High Tea Function

Posted by Eliza Bourgault du Coudray on December 3, 2015 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

On Tuesday the 1st of December I provided background music on the harp for UWA's Winthrop Society High Tea.

The event was held in the ALVA building (Architecture, Landscape & Visual Arts), and I was surrounded by awesome miniature models of buildings! I played my usual "background music" repertoire while the guests arrived and mingled, and then again while they ate the yummy, delicious-smelling foods.

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UWA Friends of the School of Music Christmas Party (duo Pluck & Strum)

Posted by Eliza Bourgault du Coudray on November 30, 2015 at 4:05 AM

On Sunday the 29th of November, my duo Pluck & Strum provided background music for the Christmas party of the Friends of the School of Music of UWA.

Although it was outdoors and consequently a little chilly, the "grassy knoll" was an intimate and lovely environment perfectly suitable for the occasion. We played background music until the president of the Friends of the School of Music began her speech. The head of music then made a little speech himself. After this Darryn and I perf...

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