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Hear the Harmony of Harps right here in Echuca-Moama

By Riverine Herald

A HARMONY of harps will light up Echuca Uniting Church soon.

Five different and talented harpists will take to the stage on five Sundays from August 12.

Performances will be held from 2pm and the church is accessible by ramp, stairs and lift. Parking is also available.

With about 180 seats available per performance, there is plenty of room for everyone.

The first Harmony of the Harp performance features Echuca’s Pete Gordon and Jill Findlay.

The duo are members of Harper Bizarre, an organic group of harpists who meet regularly for fine music and epicurean delights.

Under the direction of central Victorian harpist and harp-maker Andy Rigby, the group has expanded its repertoire beyond Celtic and Latin American music to include multiple styles.

They welcome harp enthusiasts of all standards and share musical experience and encouragement.

Jill is an experienced harpist with more than 20 years’ experience, who moved to central Victoria to be near where the action of harps happen.

Pete, having learnt piano at an early age and acquiring a taste for a variety of stringed musical instruments, attended an Andy Rigby workshop in 2012 to build a 26-string Para-Celtic lap harp.

It was love at first play, and two years later Pete commissioned Andy to build a full-sized 35-string fully levered harp.

He has been smitten since.

The second performance is Bendigo Chorale on September 16. Then on October 7, Crescendo — a group who will travel from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music — will take centre stage.

On November 4, the Spirit of Brass will be headed up by Echuca’s Federal Band. And last but not least, on December 9, the combined voices of the community Christmas celebration will take place.

The price for the first four performances is $15 with a series ticket available from the church office, or by phoning 0429801342.

The Christmas performance will require a donation at the door.