Chroma Harp Duo
Sunday 12th November 2023
Cosy Hall, Newport TF10 7LD
La priere des Bardes F. Godefroid
Prelude in A minor J. S. Bach (arr. S. Bullen & Lillian Lau)
Concerto for two Mandolins (movement II) A. Vivaldi (arr. T. Dearnley)
Piece pour deux harpes a pedales M. Soulage
Odyssey Amy Turk
Preseli Skies Monika Stadler
Rains in Mumbai Supriya Nagarajan and Hari Baskar
Pentacle Suite Carlos Salzedo
Spanish Dance No. 1 from La Vida Breve Manuel de Falla
(arranged by Patricia Masri-Fletcher)
Becki Luff and Lucy Nolan formed the Chroma Harp Duo in 2016, and have enjoyed exploring and performing an eclectic and challenging range of repertoire ever since. Recently featured artists on BBC Radio 3, the Chroma Harp Duo are crafting a name for themselves as commissioners, creators and performers. Drawing and engaging with a wide range of composers, musical styles and sounds, the duo challenge the classical harp stereotype with concerts that take audiences on a kaleidoscopic journey exploring new sounds from Indian ragas to live electronics and using the harp as a percussion instrument.
This year Chroma have recorded and performed a number of new works by composers Amy Turk, Supriya Nagarajan and Hari Baskar and in 2017 they gave the European premiere of 'Scorpions' by Paul Patterson. They were invited to perform in the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s inaugural Live at The Hex performance series and have been guest artists at the Hong Kong World Harp Congress and Buxton International Festival. The duo were finalists in the Wales International Harp Festival and first prize winners at the London Camac Harp Ensemble Competition as well as being awarded the UK Harp Association’s prize for the best performance of a new British work.
Graduating with a Masters from The Royal Northern College of Music in 2018, under the tuition of Eira Lynn Jones, Becki performs regularly as a soloist and orchestral performer, working with conductors such as Yan Cober, Peter Stark, Clark Rendell and Mark Herron.
Passionate about working alongside composers to develop new music for the harp, Becki’s standout experiences include: performing the work of Tansy Davies at The Wigmore Hall and premiering Amir Konjani’s Anima Projection. Becki worked extensively with the composer Paul Patterson and showcased his harp solo Lizards’ as part of the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong. Currently, as part of the Chroma Harp Duo, Becki actively commissions, creates and performs new music written for two harps. This has led to performances with BBC Radio 3, Leeds International concert season and Buxton International Festival.
This love of new music and exploration has motivated a current project funded by Arts Council England to explore the use of electronics with the harp in order to write and record her own new works. This has been combined with the RPS enterprise fund, which has enabled specific training in recording and utilising live electronics.
Becki has a passion to see music impact lives with hope and joy. She is honoured to have worked with Live Music Now, Epiphany Music, Streetwise Opera and Music Action International.
Passionate about challenging and evolving new styles of harp playing through collaboration, composition and performance, Lucy Nolan is equally at home in venues ranging from classical concert halls to jazz clubs, from orchestral pits to industrial installations. She is happy to transcend genres and boundaries, comfortably combining classical, jazz, free improvisation, electronic and experimental influences.
Graduating from Oxford University and the Royal Northern College of music with Distinctions in postgraduate degrees, Lucy was the recipient of a number of prizes and a finalist in the RNCM’s Gold Medal weekend, the highest accolade awarded for performance. As well as having an active career performing as a solo and chamber musician, she regularly works with orchestras such as the Hallé, Manchester Concert Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia and has been invited to perform in renowned music venues such as the The Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, The Sage and Bridgewater Hall.
Lucy was a guest artist at the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong and on BBC Radio 3 and alongside her contemporary group, SHOAL was recently commissioned to compose and record music for a film for Channel 4 and premiere works at New Music North West Festival, Bury Light Festival and Hull City of Culture. Her collaboration with Carnatic singer, Supriya Nagarajan, has led to performances at The Royal Albert Hall, Cafe Oto, TUSK festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Lambeth Palace and Jaipur Literature Festival. Lucy is passionate about developing new music for the harp and was recently awarded a Developing Your Creative Practise Grant from the Arts Council and a Do It Differently Award from Help Musicians to fund composing her own and commissioning new works for harp.