Lunchtime Concert: Trinity Laban Harp Department

THU 9 FEB, 13.05

Take a moment in the middle of the day to enjoy a programme of music by Trinity Laban harpists at the stunningly beautiful St Alfege Church, curated by Head of Harp Gabriella Dall'Olio.

L. Spohr
Variations sur 'Je suis encore dans mon printemps' Op.36

A. Zabel
Lucia di Lammermoor

R. Maxwell
Ebb Tide

C.N. Bochsa
La Chasse au Renard

A. Hasselmans

H. Renié
Harp Concerto in C minor
I. Allegro risoluto - un poco meno mosso

P. Hindemith
Harp Sonata
I. Mäßig schnell

J. Guridi
Viejo Zortzico

Gloria Rappo is currently attending her 3rd year of Bachelor Harp Degree with renowned teachers Gabriella Dall’Olio and Frances Kelly at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. Born in Italy in 2000, Gloria started to learn the art of piano at the age of 4 at ‘Fancelli Boschello’ school, under the tuition of Maria Goretta Rizzi. Here, until 2017, she had the possibility to develop her musical and technical skills in the soloist and chamber music repertoire, attending regular concerts and national and international competitions. In 2014 she started to learn the harp with Giulia Rettore, continuing then at the musical high school ‘Concetto Marchesi’ in Padua. Here, besides the harp studies with G. Rettore, Angelica Ferrari and Giorgia Iris Bragante, Gloria started to play the viola with Giovanna Gordini (as part of her student plan) while keeping practising the piano. This contributed to develop her multi-tasking instrumental abilities. Since 2014 she regularly performs – often as harp section leader – with the Youth Orchestra ‘Giovani Musicisti Veneti’ conducted by Francesco Pavan, in numerous concerts in renowned festivals and concert halls in Italy, including Teatro Comunale Treviso, Teatro di Pordenone, Auditorium Pollini, Biennale in Venice. During the years, she had the possibility to collaborate with professional orchestras such as Orchestra Filarmonica E. Segattini, Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana, London City Orchestra, London Rehearsal Orchestra, Fulham Opera and so on. Her interest in early music has been built since she was 15, helped by the studies of organ, history of music, choir direction and Gregorian notation, carried out at the National Institute of Sacred Music in Padua. Moved in London in 2019 to attend her Bachelor Degree course at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, she has been active in solo, chamber and orchestral projects, performing and recording with the Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra and Strings Ensemble. Her solo performances have included regular appearances at the Old Royal Naval Chapel, St Alfege Church and The Queen’s House. She took part in masterclasses with world-known harpists including Elizabeth Fontan Binoche, Park Stickney, Sasha Boldachev, Sylvain Blassel, Heidi Krutzen, Gwineth Wentink and Isabelle Perrin.

Katya and Liza Rajhans were born in 2003 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Started playing music (harp) at the age of 5. From 5 to 10 years old, they studied at the Kyiv Music School in the name of Shamo from the teacher Yelizaveta Gerasina. At the age of 11, they entered the specialized music school named after Chopin in Moscow, where they studied for 5 years with the teacher Helen Watson. During the training, they took part in many international competitions, where they became laureates. After that, they returned to Kyiv and entered Juniar Trinity (online). This year they became students of the 1st year of study at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire under the guidance of Gabriella Dall'Olio.

Lucia Foti has recently completed her Master of Music in Harp Performance, graduating with distinction from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where she studied under the tutelage of Gabriella Dall’Olio and Frances Kelly, generously supported by a Trinity Laban scholarship. Previously, she studied with Maria Ester Gattoni at Conservatorio di Como, Italy, where she graduated with first class honours. She won several national and international competitions, including a first prize scholarship at the 2015 Soroptimist Italia Competition for Young Talents. Lucia has extensive experience with recitals, chamber music, harp ensembles and orchestra (including both symphonic and operatic repertoire, as well as soloist roles). She is a current reserve of the Young Musicians’ Symphony Orchestra, with whom she has performed at Cadogan Hall. As part of the Duo Images, Lucia regularly plays with flautist Anna Ratti, sometimes performing Mozart’s Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra. With guitarist Stefano Fiacco, Lucia has formed Nazca Duo, selected as recipient of the 2022 Colin Blythe Fund. In 2021 and 2022, they performed at Wigmore Hall, as part of a Trinity Laban programme.

Born in London and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Minah Lee has been playing the piano since the age of three, self-taught from thirteen till before she started her study in London. She is currently studying piano at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with Newling Scholarship under the tutelage of Deniz Gelenbe and Gabriele Baldocci. As a pianist, Minah has participated in competitions since a young age, winning various prizes. She has performed in Lansdowne Club, Royal Victoria Hotel, St James’s Church in Paddington, Old Royal Naval Chapel, and annual concerts in Seoul. She is an active pianist and accompanist with experience playing on a variety of instruments / vocals and church choir. As she continues her master’s studies at Trinity Laban, she had opportunities to deepen her repertoires with Pascal Rogé and Mikhail Kazakevich.

Abigail Millar Todd is a 23 year old musician from Shetland. After moving to the Scottish Highlands she began playing the clarsàch through the Fèisean nan Gàidheal. In 2012 she began attending Aberdeen City Music School, whereupon she transitioned to the classical harp, and studied under Alina Bzhezhinska Lazorkina. Abigail became a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland when she was 13. She also studied at the Music School of Douglas Academy (Glasgow) and Chetham’s School of Music (Manchester) before beginning her studies at Norges Musikkhøgskole (Oslo) under Isabelle Perrin in 2017. She has participated in masterclasses with Urszula Mazurek, Henning Kraggerud, Virginie Gout-Zschäbitz, Maho Yamamoto, and more. Abigail has worked with various orchestras including the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Highland Chamber Orchestra and Oslo Kammerorkester amongst others. She works in a variety of jazz and popular music settings, which includes composition and lyric writing. She spent the summer playing at festivals across Scandinavia, including Øya festivalen with the band Fieh and at the headline concert of the Oslo Jazz Festival as part of a reimagining of the works of Radka Toneff. She received funding in 2019 to provide subsidised harp teaching to children from less privileged backgrounds, a project she organised up until the pandemic. Abigail has been studying with Gabriella Dall’Olio since September 2020.

St Alfege Church, Greenwich
Admission Free, no booking required

Dates and times

This event finished on 09 February 2023.

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