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Hay Music: Three Harps - Ruth Wall & composer Graham Fitkin
Wednesday, 26 August at 7.30pm
Hay Music: Three Harps - Ruth Wall & composer Graham Fitkin

Hay Music in association with Glasbury Arts Harp Summer School presents Scottish harpist Ruth Wall, who will perform a programme of early and contemporary music, with composer Graham Fitkin who will talk about the music. Ruth performs on the buzzing bray harp, the delicate wire strung harp and the concert harp.

Ruth Wall: Pibroch Patterns
Claude Debussy: Reverie
Steve Reich: Harp Phase
Astor Piazzola: Libertango
Guillaume de Machaut: Douce Dame Jolie
1520 English anon: My Lady Carey’s Dompe
J S Bach: tba
John Cage (arr. Ruth Wall): Interlude 1 and Sonata 5
Graham Fitkin: Y Gog Lwydlas and H6
Howard Skempton: Preludes and Interludes (from Images)
Graham Fitkin: Powder Trap

Ruth is passionate about new music and performs with groups such as BBC Concert Orchestra, Goldfrapp, Kathryn Tickell, Sacconi Quartet and London Chamber Orchestra. She has performed at venues including Berlin Philharmonic, Eden Project, Sydney Opera House, Spiral Hall Tokyo, Tate Gallery and Glastonbury.

Ruth will perform on three different harps. Using the buzzing bray harp, the delicate wire strung harp and the concert harp, Ruth will perform music by composers including Steve Reich, Guillaume de Machaut, John Cage and Fitkin himself, as well as highly ornamented music for the Gaelic wire strung harp. She will be joined by composer Graham Fitkin who will talk about the music, add occasional live electronics and perform a new duo for body percussion.

Ruth has worked with composers such as Peter Maxwell Davies, Howard Skempton, Gavin Bryars, and Laurence Crane, building up a repertoire of new works for the harp, leading to her first solo album ‘The Uncommon Harp’. Ruth also collaborates with her partner, composer Graham Fitkin as FitkinWall. Their first album ‘Kaplan’ is based on the fictitious character in Hitchcock’s North by Northwest and toured Japan and UK. In 2007 ‘Still Warm’ juxtaposed Ruth’s early harps with new electronics and live visuals, and in 2015 they released and toured their latest album ‘Lost’. Working with Graham’s 9 piece band Fitkin, she appeared on stage at the Royal Opera House, for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and on the 2016 albums ‘Vamp’ and ‘Veneer’.

Recently Ruth has worked with Will Gregory and Portishead’s Adrian Utley in a new soundtrack to accompany Carl Dreyer’s classic 1928 film ‘Joan of Arc’. She is also a member of the Will Gregory Moog Ensemble. She recorded and toured with Goldfrapp on ‘Seventh Tree’ and has recorded with artists including French singer Nolwenn Leroy, saxophonist Simon Haram, bassist Charlie Jones, and trumpeter Noel Langley.

Since 2000 Ruth has performed in galleries, alongside work by artists including Brian Wynter and James Hugonin as well as collaborating with Alessandra Ausenda on a sound installation involving a giant rotating dress.

Radio and TV appearances include BBC Radio 3 Late Junction Sessions and In Tune, Radio 4 and Jools Holland. She features in ‘Loving Vincent’, and on Ben Wheatley’s ‘Sightseers’ and John Lunn’s soundtrack for the BBC series ‘The White Queen’. She toured extensively in 2013 with the acclaimed aerial theatre company Ockham’s Razor and joined Kneehigh Theatre in 2017 in their production of ‘The Tin Drum’.

Ruth has recorded for EMI, Mercury Music, Sony BMG, GFR, Bedroom Community and Universal.

Graham Fitkin lives in Cornwall. He composes for concerts, dance, film and digital media and runs his own ensemble of 9 soloists. He has had commissions from the BBC Proms, Royal Opera House, New York City Ballet, Yo-Yo Ma, Powerplant, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, Ockham's Razor, Ensemble Bash, Sacconi Quartet and many others. His music has been recorded by Sony, Decca, Bis, Factory and others.

Pre-concert supper available at the River Café, Glasbury HR3 5NP at a special Glasbury Arts/Hay Music price of £12.50 for two courses. Booking essential on 01497 847007.

Note: This event takes place at Gwernyfed High School, Three Cocks, Glasbury, LD3 0SG.
Tickets sold by Richard Booth's Bookshop on behalf of Hay Music.

Price: £12.50 
Under 5:Free