Monday, 14 March 2016

New Harp Duet: Grand Duet - John Thomas

Grand Duet
John Thomas 
Pencerdd Gwalia (1826-1913)


Both the Grand Duet (1865) and the Souvenir du Nord of 1854 (Adlais 164) are dedicated to a Welsh-born patroness. “Mrs. Lucy of Charlecote Park” was born Mary Elizabeth Williams at Bodelwyddan Castle, St. Asaph, and both she and her sister “Miggy” (later to become Lady Willoughby de Broke) were talented harpists.

In her book Mistress of Charlecote: The Memoirs of Mary Elizabeth Lucy, Alice Lady Fairfax-Lucy quotes a very amusing account of the Abergavenny Eisteddfod of 1853 which led to Mrs Lucy's first meeting with John Thomas at Llanover, and to her subsequent lessons with him at her home. “Mr. Thomas kept me to scales and exercises for the first year, and I did learn his way, and before I was very much older, I was able to play many a difficult duet with him. I would get up an hour earlier to have a good practice before breakfast, and I would go to sleep trying to hold my thumb up.” As her harp teacher, “Mr. Thomas” became a frequent guest and partner in duets on their Erard harps. As an enthusiastic patroness, Mrs Lucy attended his concerts over a period of some 35 years.


John Thomas composed duos, both for two harps and for harp and piano, throughout his life. For the most part, these compositions were operatic fantasias and duos based on familiar Welsh folk melodies. The Grand Duet is an exception, as whereas the others are concert arrangements, this one duet is an original composition.
Ann Griffiths, 2016


Published by Adlais Music Publishers
Printed & distributed by Creighton's Collection
Published Retail Price - £14.00 (set of parts)
Further information available at www.adlaismusicpublishers.co.uk

New Baritone & Harp Music - Michael Stimpson

Dylan for Baritone & Pedal Harp
Michael Stimpson
Words Dylan Thomas
Edited Sioned Williams


The song cycle, Dylan, is a chronological account of the life of the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. Each song is preceded by a short spoken text, and these, together with the words used for the songs, date as closely as possible to the period and subject matter in question. Many of the striking elements of Dylan’s life are included: the controversy of his character, poverty, alcoholism, the tempestuous relationship with his wife Caitlin, America, and of course his remarkable ability to write and speak so astutely and evocatively.



Published by Creighton's Collection
Published Retail Price - £15.00 (full score) / £8.00 (alternative baritone only part)
Further information available at www.creightonscollection.co.uk

Dylan is recorded on the Stone Records CD "Dylan" 
Performed by Roderick Williams (baritone) & Sioned Williams (harp).
The CD is available from Creighton's Collection - £12  +p&p

Promotional Video from Stone Records using the music from Dylan



New Harp Music - Michael Stimpson

The Drowning of Capel Celyn Solo for Pedal Harp
Michael Stimpson
Edited Sioned Williams


Capel Celyn, a village near Bala in North Wales, was flooded in 1965 to create a reservoir for Liverpool. People were devastated as the water rushed into the valley, drowning the Chapel, Quaker Meeting House, the Post Office, and a number of cottages. There had been considerable protests, including the bombing of a transformer on the site of the dam structure, and in many respects the controversy had wider and longer-term consequences. Michael Stimpson wrote this work to mark the 50th anniversary of the flooding in 2015, as well as the 60th birthday of Sioned Williams.


Published by Creighton's Collection
Published Retail Price - £8.00
Further information available at www.creightonscollection.co.uk

The Drowning of Capel Celyn is recorded on the Stone Records CD "Dylan" 
Harp solo performed by Sioned Williams.
The CD is available from Creighton's Collection - £12  +p&p

Promotional Video from Stone Records using the music from The Drowning of Capel Celyn


Friday, 26 February 2016

New Harp Music: Así hablan los Ángeles by Violeta Ramos

Así hablan los Ángeles 
Violeta Ramos

Así hablan los Ángeles, for Paraguayan harp, was inspired by a phrase from Paulo Coelho’s book, Maktub. "Our Angel is always there, and sometimes, if we need help, he uses someone’s lips to tell us something, but this answer comes in a casual way, generally at a moment when we don't let our worries darken the miracle of life." 

The score is supplied with a study recording CD.

Published retail price £10

For further information & to listed to the study recording please visit our web site: Creighton's Collection 

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

New Harp Music: Hamabe No Uta - Monika Stadler

Harp Sheet Music from Creighton's Collection
New Publication 8 February 2016

Hamabe No Uta (Song of the beach / Das Lied vom Strand)
Monika Stadler




Hamabe no uta (Song of the Beach) is one of the most popular and beloved Japanese folk songs written in 1914 and arranged here for pedal harp by Monika Stadler. Hamabe no uta talks about memory and reflection. Hamabe no uta is recorded on the CD "Everything will be all right" by Monika Stadler.

Published retail price £7
Available from Creighton's Collection





Hamabe no Uta
(浜辺の歌)
By Hayashi Kokei & Narita Tamezou
Ashita hamabe o samayoeba
Mukashi no koto zo shinobaruru
Kaze no oto yo kumo no sama yo
Yosuru nami mo kai no iro mo
Yuube hamabe o motooreba
Mukashi no hito zo shinobaruru
Yosuru nami yo kaesu nami yo
Tsuki no iro mo hoshi no kage mo
Translation
In the morning as I wandered about along the seashore
I remembered things from the old times
The sound of the wind, the shape of the cloud
The wave that came and the colour of the seashell too
At dusk as I wandered about along the seashore
I remembered people from the old times
The wave that came, the wave that went away
The colour of the moon and the light of the star too



Saturday, 21 November 2015

New Harp Music: Six Manger Carols by Alyson Roberts

Harp Sheet Music from Creighton's Collection
New Publication 20 November 2015

Six Manger Carols by Alyson Roberts 
for young voices with piano and harp accompaniment

Two of these carols, Pitter Patter and Christmas Bells, were written for the Key Stage One carol service at the primary school where I started my teaching career as a music specialist. The remaining four were written for the three young musical friends to whom the set of six is dedicated. The accompaniment is intentionally light. Young voices are not very strong and need plenty of melodic support. The piano part is playing the melody along with the children. The harp part is an instrumental descant which can be played for all or just some of the verses. Alyson Roberts

Published retail price £10

Available from Creighton's Collection



Six Manger Carols
1. Pitter Patter 
2. Sleep Baby Jesus Sleep 
3. Light a Candle 
4. Baby Jesus 
5. See Him Lying 
6. Christmas Bells

Thursday, 19 November 2015

New Harp Music: Die Birke (The Birch) by Monika Stadler

Harp Sheet Music from Creighton's Collection
New Publication 19 November 2015

Die Birke (The Birch) by Monika Stadler
for Advanced Pedal Harp

This piece was written as a commissioned work for the Northern Light project by the Brucknerhaus Concert Hall, Linz, Austria. Monika chose the Birch tree to represent Scandinavia, and as a symbol of Spring and new beginnings. Her inspiration was the interplay between sunlight, wind and leaves. 

Published retail price £9.00

Available from Creighton's Collection 




Recording available:

Die Birke (The Birch) is recorded on the CD
"Everything will be all right" by Monika Stadler.