Help Stamford harpist fund new composition

Stamford harpist and composer Eleanor Turner. EMN-150307-105201001
Stamford harpist and composer Eleanor Turner. EMN-150307-105201001
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A Stamford musician has appealed for help funding a rehearsal day to refine the latest composition for her harp and string quartet.

Harpist Eleanor Turner has branched out into producing music after playing for most of her life.

This year she has commissioned six composers. One of those, Benjamin Rimmer, she spotted while he was busking in Stamford High Street in December.

Eleanor asked Ben to write her a five minute work for harp and string quartet, and is eagerly anticipating the first draft of the composition. But the pair are keen to spend time working on the new piece with the full string quartet, which would require funding.

Eleanor said: “We would love to have the opportunity to ‘workshop’ the new piece. It would be a luxury for us to spend a whole day with the string quartet, immersed in the piece and making amendments and improvements, which requires paying the string quartet’s expenses.

“If you are interested in supporting this project, attending an open rehearsal, or would simply like to hear more about the project, please visit my website, www.eleanorturner.com, or e-mail me at info@eleanorturner.com.”

Eleanor began playing the harp at an early age and has formed a successful career through her passion. She joined the 4 Girls 4 Harps group, which has now been playing for 15 years, and co-founded the British Harp Chamber Music Competition.

She has appeared on BBC Radio 3 and 4, talking and playing on Woman’s Hour and In Tune with Sean Rafferty.

The new piece by Benjamin Rimmer will be performed by Eleanor and her ensemble on Saturday, September 26, at Trinity Methodist Church. Eleanor will also host her latest Cosy Concert, strictly for parents and carers with children, at 4pm on August 3 at the United Reformed Church Hall in Broad Street. Book at www.cosyconcerts.co.uk.