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    Alison on · in reply to: Practice the day before a performance? #241916

    I would keep practicing orchestral excerpts the day before, to keep the memory working, but practising too much for a recital, thinking one can improve seems to freak the nerves and be counterproductive the day before. You do need to be fresh on the day, so it would be better to distract and calm yourself by getting your clothes and car ready.


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    Alison on · in reply to: Vaughan Williams 2 – the London symphony #240975

    Has anyone reset any of the chords and handfuls ? Note to Barbara Fackler – have you ? Sometimes there are chords clumped with 5 LH and 3 RH fingers, for example, let alone chromatic passages which could be spelt enharmonically for easier reading. The usual VW ‘discrepancies’…. !!


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    Alison on · in reply to: Rivets seizing on pedals #238676

    So now having understood that these rivets can fail, I will be arming myself with some nuts and bolts to hold in reserve for when this happens.


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    Alison on · in reply to: Do you let others touch/play with your harp? Why or why not? #235311

    Depends on the instrument, I certainly don’t let audience members and fellow orchestral players who rush up to my harp to admire it (with their hands) get anywhere near it, I deflect their arm and hand away as they stretch out and likewise I tend to guard other players’ instruments after a concert when they are fetching their covers. People come up to it for a closer peek then turn around with a rucksack and back into it, whilst they gaze around the hall or cathedral! But a small instrument bought to share with pupils is okay, so long as it’s supervised and the harp isn’t pushed forwards and over.


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    Alison on · in reply to: Hand Injury Considerations #232067

    you will find welcome improvement once you commence with the instrument which provides much of the physiotherapy you need for the hand. Obviously your problem is higher up, so I would also see a chiropractor.


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    Alison on · in reply to: Harp warming – construction made to look easy… #230946

    Oh dear, they have finished the harp without levers, how disappointing…


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    Alison on · in reply to: Harp warming – construction made to look easy… #230901

    Thanks Will !


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    Alison on · in reply to: World Harp Congress Cardiff #228589

    I went to Cardiff WHC in circa 1993, it didn’t cost an arm and a leg then so I don’t see why it should now ! ??


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    Alison on · in reply to: Harp + clarinet duos #228256

    Amorosi’s


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    Alison on · in reply to: Invocation for harp and strings, William Lloyd Webber #226879

    I’ll listen to the track on the CD, the sleeve notes mention only the harpist and maybe I’ll give Stainer Bell and Chester music a call.


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    Alison on · in reply to: misprints in Afternoon of a Faun #226727

    and we have spent a lifetime or more … 100 years without noticing, it’s always worth going back to the score and it would also be great if the amateur / community orchestras used both harps instead of relying on one most of the time. I have had to add the 2nd harp’s glissando into the 1st harp part.


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    Alison on · in reply to: How would you teach a 5 year old ? #226617

    Well now, a very small shy child and with my smallest harp and a few tricks up my sleeve, we made steady progress in one lesson, on the alphabet and string names etc. So with a child keen and able to learn, we were all happy !!! Have to admit I hadn’t thought this possible. My middle C song which I use on new starters worked out great, as it’s not a concert piece ! It’s also lovely to make new friends this way.


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    Alison on · in reply to: How would you teach a 5 year old ? #226615

    See below


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    Alison on · in reply to: What's on your music stand? January 2019 #225567

    Paul, in Sibelius 1, The most exacting tempo that you will need to prepare is in the (last?) movement, the one with all the running arpeggios and descending chords, probably in 3.
    I haven’t actually got the part out. I once had to play this on a Sunday say, for a one off workshop and was a!ready rehearsing the part with another orchestra conductor at a faster lick, so I was getting ahead and found it difficult to adjust in this particular section, either way it’s not slow, And you have to memorise it, it comes in for about one page then returns later for a double page spread, just black notes. The other tricky bit is that lovely high-to-low-to-high nugget, just after a page turn, I shall have to get the part out to check the rehearsal numbers.


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