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Introduction to the Harp – Oliver Wass (harpist) Saturday 30th April 2016

Tuesday 24th May 2016 Churchill Room, Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road, Wanstead 8:00 pm
Tickets will be available at the door: £10 (Visitors) £7 (Members).
Complimentary light refreshments will be served during the interval.
The event will be preceded by a short Annual General Meeting of Redbridge Music Society (members only) from 7:30 to 7:50 pm

Tonight’s event rounds off Redbridge Music Society’s 2015-16 season and will be an introduction to the harp given by harpist Oliver Wass. Besides playing and demonstrating the instrument, Oliver will provide the audience with the history of the harp, its development, the way it is constucted and tuned and many other facts about the harp that you may well not be aware of! This should be a thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining and educational evening.

Just prior to the recital the Society will hold its Annual General Meeting 7:30 to 7:50 pm; this will be for members only. However, all visitors are cordially invited to take seats in the room ready for the commencement of the recital at 8 pm.

Biography

Oliver graduated from the University of York (First Class Hons) and is now in his first year studying on a full scholarship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Whilst at the University of York he was awarded the Blake Music Prize and also obtained the highest ever final recital mark.

He is an experienced soloist and has performed numerous concertos, including directing the Handel Harp Concerto at the Barbican in 2011. He has also performed concertos at the London Handel Festival, the City of London Festival, with the Oxford Sinfonia, and with the World Chamber Orchestra (where his performance was acclaimed divine).

He competed in and won music festivals throughout his childhood, and as a member of the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama is the only harpist to have been a finalist in the prestigious Lutine Competition.

In 2014 he won three concerto competitions. His Flute Harp and Viola trio recently won 1st Prize in the British Harp Chamber Music Competition, and have upcoming concerts at the Two Moors Festival and the United Kingdom Harp Association.

He is gratefully supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and Help Musicians UK, where he holds a Fleming Award.