'Sea of harps' in Camden

Royal Harpist comes to town

Time corrected
Aug 03, 2018
Claire Jones

Camden — The Friends of Music concert series, an outreach program of the First Congregational Church of Camden, 55 Elm St./Route 1, will welcome the GreenSpring American Youth Harp Ensemble with special guest Royal Harpist Claire Jones, Britain’s best-selling classical harpist, for a concert Sunday, Aug. 12, at 4 p.m.

Jones became a household name following her appointment as Official Harpist to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales; and her performance at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s (William and Kate) wedding. Her career highlights include solo and concerto appearances with the world’s top orchestras and artists. She has performed prestigious recitals in London, the United States, Hong Kong, Brazil and at the Millennium Stadium in Wales for an audience of 75,000.

Jones will also be accompanied by her husband, renowned percussionist Christopher Marshall; Greenspring Chamber Players and Choristers; and the Claire Jones International Harp School. Marshall has performed extensively as a percussionist specializing in world music; has appeared and recorded with many prestigious orchestras and artists; and on numerous productions on London’s Westend. He balances his performance schedule with a flourishing career as a composer and arranger.

The GreenSpring International Academy of Music has welcomed thousands of students into its doors to develop, enjoy and share their musical talents. Growing to become Richmond, Va.,’s premier classically-based music school and expanding to Maryland’s Frederick County, it includes harp ensembles, choirs, chamber groups, a chamber orchestra, touring ensembles and summer camps.

"We feel extremely fortunate to host the well-traveled and highly lauded American Youth Ensemble for their 2018 closing concert here in Camden, Maine,” said Matthew Mainster, director of music at the church. “I can think of no better way to highlight the improved acoustics of our newly-renovated sanctuary than to fill it with a sea of harps!"

As always, each Friends of Music concert is free and open to the public, although donations to sustain the program are cheerfully accepted at the door. For more information, call the church at 236-4821.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Ann Bex | Aug 06, 2018 10:27

This Friends of Music harp concert is at 4:00 p.m. not 5:00.

Don’t t miss it!

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