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IMG_9101The National Youth Harp Orchestra at the Yehudi Menuhin Hall 24th April 2016.

‘Russian Doll’ is one of a four movement Symphony for Harps composed by our own Heather Brookes. As far as we know this is the first symphony composed specifically for harps by a harpist.

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The National Youth Harp Orchestra began with just eight enthusiasts, but has now grown to over thirty harpists.

Their popularity can be attributed to the uniqueness of finding so many truly dedicated harpists.  The sound of just one harp is beautiful, but when so many are brought together their sound brings a whole new dimension and experience to the performance.

The National Youth Harp Orchestra is the only one of its type in the UK and was formed not only to provide professional training but also to bring a broader range and scale to the music world. The harpists travel from all over the UK to have fun and enjoy the unique experience this ensemble offers.

The aim was to provide a platform for these musicians to work together, gain confidence and experience and improve their skills through regular rehearsals and broader concert arrangements.

Despite the logistical problems associated with the transportation of so many harps, the enthusiasm of the players has already seen them perform in many concerts throughout the UK and Europe.

The National Youth Harp Orchestra has the dual benefit of providing both the harpists and the audience with a truly unique experience of seeing and listening to the magic of a thousand strings.

Luisa-Maria Cordell, Founder