Royal Harpist joins American Youth Harp Ensemble in concert at First Congregational Church of Camden
The Friends of Music Concert Series, an outreach program of The First Congregational Church of Camden, will present an afternoon of harp and percussion music in the church sanctuary at 55 Elm Street, on Sunday, August 12, at 4 p.m.
GreenSpring International Academy of Music’s American Youth Harp Ensemble captivate audiences around the world as America’s “national cultural treasure”. These young performers will be joined by Royal Harpist Claire Jones, Britain’s best-selling classical harpist, West End percussionist, Chris Marshall, and the CJ International Harp School in a preview concert for their "By Royal Appointment" International Exchange East Coast Tour.
Welsh-born harpist Claire Jones, acclaimed for her “virtuosity, enthusiasm, and showmanship”, became a household name in Britain and recognized around the world when she performed at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace in April 2011. Claire Jones first came to international attention in 2007 when she was named official harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales; over the course of her four-year tenure she performed at over 180 royal engagements, including private recitals for the Queen.
Jones will also be accompanied by her husband, renowned percussionist Chris Marshall. Marshall has performed extensively as a percussionist specializing in World music and has appeared and recorded with many prestigious orchestras and artists, and on numerous productions on London’s West End.
Founded in 1995 by Lynnelle Ediger, the GreenSpring International Academy of Music has welcomed thousands of students into its doors to develop, enjoy and share their musical talents. Ediger, Artistic Director of the tour, chose Camden, Maine, as a tour stop because as a young harpist she spent seven summers in Camden studying the harp at the world-renowned Salzedo Summer Harp Colony.
As always, each Friends of Music concert is free and open to the public, although donations to sustain the program will be cheerfully accepted at the door. For more information, please contact The First Congregational Church of Camden at 207-236-4821.