Straight from the harp

A young woman, pretty, lively, with a harp as elegant as herself;
~ Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

Benjamine Britten’s Ceremony of Carols is a challenging work for the choir – eleven carols sung in middle English and almost a-capella.   Almost, that is, but for the wonderful harp accompaniment.  At the recent rehearsal it was a joy to sing with Georgia Lowe and we were all spellbound by her performance of the interlude (harp solo)

Georgia Lowe has just completed a Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.  She has been studying under Louise Johnson, principal harpist of the Sydney Symphony, since 2004.  She has also taken masterclasses from internationally-renowned Australian harpist Alice Giles.

Georgia began learning the harp at the age of 12 from Verna Lee-Brown on the Salvi harp at her school. At age 18 she got her first harp, a Salvi Daphne, and soon contemplated pursuing harp as a career.  During her studies, Georgia attended the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp and the Australian International Summer Orchestral Institute in Tasmania.  Her career highlights to date include playing with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, twice participating in the Sydney Symphony’s Sinfonia program, and becoming regular harpist for the WIN Wollongong Symphony Orchestra.

Georgia was named Harp Society of NSW Most Outstanding Performer at the 2010 Sydney Harp Eisteddfod.

We are all looking forward to the performance on Saturday 4th December.