Two Harps Are Better than One

For most harpists, the luxury of having two harps in the pit is the exception, not the rule. Even if you are lucky enough to have two harpists, there will still be awkward or impossible sections. Many orchestra pits are not large enough to fit a full orchestra, so the Nutcracker is often played in a reduced version. I have only had a second harpist on rare occasions. Here are some tips and edits when playing with two harps:

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Elizabeth was the Principal Harpist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra from 1982 to 2017, after 6 years as harpist with the National Ballet of Canada. She teaches at UBC, the VSO School of Music, the VSO Institute and privately. In 2011, she was the Chair of the Host Committee for the World Harp Congress in Vancouver, and currently is President of the West Coast Harp Society/ BC Chapter of the AHS.

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