SHE is the principal performance and outreach activity of Harp Centre Australia.
SHE | SEVEN HARP ENSEMBLE
SHE is an exciting and enchanting ensemble, which performs a diverse repertoire including many newly commissioned Australian works. SHE was founded by Artistic Director Alice Giles, world-renowned performer, teacher and advocate for the harp. The other members of SHE comprise some of the best young talent from around Australia, with several members currently studying and working internationally.
Having previously represented Australia at the American Harp Society’s annual conference in 2006, SHE was honoured to be invited to tour to China in January this year, performing at the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing. The group was also the guest of Beijing Television as part of its highly prestigious Spring Festival Global Gala, one of the most viewed television events in China.
SHE performances include: the Canberra International Music Festival (2009); ABC Classic FM Sunday Live; ANU School of Music; Wesley Music Centre; National Harp Weekend (2004); Canberra Museum for the Multicultural Festival; National Galley of Australia; 3rd Australian Harp Festival (2008); NSW tour (2010); Victorian tour (2011); Campbelltown Arts Centre (2011).
SHE has recorded a CD of their Australian commissions for the Tall Poppies label, titled ‘Bolmimerie’. Included on the album are works by Ross Edwards, Martin Wesley-Smith, Andrew Schultz and Sharon Calcraft.
Their programs are varied, reflecting the distinctive techniques and broad palette of colours unique to the harp. An aural and visual feast, both as a ‘crowd-pleaser’ and for serious music lovers. The ensemble plays together without a conductor. Formerly known as the Kioloa Harp Ensemble, SHE was founded during the Kioloa Summer Harp Camps.