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Sunday afternoon concert - the world of the harp

JOSH LAYNE - Sunday, 5 March at 2:00pm, St George’s Church Mackay Street, Thames

Canadian harpist and composer Josh Layne performs music by Bach, Beethoven, Layne, Presle, Smetana, and more.

'Harpist/composer Josh Layne has been called a 'harp genius' and a 'consummate musician'. He has performed extensively across Canada, the US, and in Europe and South America and has been praised for both his virtuosity and the sensitivity of his playing.

Here in New Zealand as a guest of the New Zealand Harp Festival, Layne has been touring the North and South Island since the start of February, with this concert in Thames marking the end of his New Zealand tour. Layne performs a programme that shows off the depth and breadth of the harp. Headlined by stunning arrangements for solo harp of Smetana's orchestral masterpiece, "The Moldau", the programme also includes the Adagio from Beethoven's "Appassionata" sonata, Layne's own music, and Jacques de le Presle's French impressionist "Garden in the Rain".

Josh has recorded four albums of solo harp music, including his CD "Passage: music for solo harp" which features three of his original compositions for harp. Recent projects include a revival of Bochsa's long dormant "Concerto No. 1 in D minor" with a performance at the World Harp Congress in Wales in July 2022.

"It's Tuesday... It's Harp Tuesday!" Born out of a passion for teaching, Josh's biweekly YouTube series "Harp Tuesday" launched in 2010. Harp Tuesday covers all aspects of playing the harp - from your first lesson to in- depth looks at advanced music. With 200+ episodes and over 2 million views, Harp Tuesday is an amazing

 resource for harpists all over the world.

 Josh's most recent YouTube project is Harpist in the Wild, a new video series combining his love of music and the outdoors.

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​Sunday Concert prices:

Tickets (Cash Only) at the door on the day

General $20

Thames Music Group Members $15

Students Free 


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