|Posted by Eliza Bourgault du Coudray on June 27, 2019 at 9:05 AM|
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 ...!
The opening of the Rockingham funeral home was on the 27th of June, 2019. There was a lot of rain and wind that day but I managed to get the harp in and out of the car without it getting wet!
I played music - a mixture of classical pieces by Bach, Schumann, Handel and other composers, as well as pieces from Christina Tourin's Illuminations, and a bunch of other repertoire - as the guests arrived. At 2.15pm the official proceedings started, which included a heartfelt welcome to country. I returned to the harp to play for another hour and a half or so during the cocktails.
The new facility in Rockingham is truly delightful, modern, spacious, bright, but also homely. I was also pleasantly surprised by the acoustics. The harp really resonated well in the space especially the high register.