The Lone Harper

The lone harper

I guess that describes us all right now!  When I started playing the clarsach back in the 1950s it was still  an unusual instrument. There were only 2 other players and my teacher that I knew of in Edinburgh. Playing the clarsach was a lonely life! How different it is now with harp groups, ensembles and orchestras meeting regularly to enjoy the great pleasure of making music together. This joy is temporarily denied to us.

I hear great resolutions to make use of this time to practise all the pieces we always meant to tackle, to improve technique or take online lessons.

I have made two resolutions. The first is to compose music for the times with a bit of humour and maybe also to console- or even inspire. Attached is the first piece Social Distance Danceothers to follow and all will be free to everyone to share.

The second is to set aside my own Harp Half Hour each day just to play through music I  love-starting with my ubiquitous beginners’ piece, Singing Strings (with variations!) and ending with Auld Lang Syne (the lovely original tune). In between I will play my favourite pieces by many arrangers/composers, especially the wonderful Anne Macdearmid and I will sing a song or two. That way I may be alone, on my own, but definitely not lonely.

Isobel Mieras