Jenny loves to play chamber music. There is so much beautiful music for harp with other instruments which together produce a myriad of colours and contrasts. As well as the classics by Debussy and Ravel, there are many fascinating pieces to explore, from Bach to the present day, and some particularly rewarding music from the inter-war years which we are now rediscovering. Contemporary composers are writing ever more adventurously and skilfully for the harp, so it is always exciting to work on new music. It is particularly pleasing to have been asked back to play further concerts at, for example, the Buckingham and the Harp on Wight Festivals.
Bergina Leka 2014
Flute Clare Mellor, Viola Sue Black
Over twenty years, Jenny has explored the rich flute, viola and harp repertoire with Trio Sospiroso www.triosospiroso.com giving wide-ranging programmes in concerts in venues from Grimsby to Penzance. Composers Edward Lambert, Edward Watson and Steve Crowther have written trios for them, and their repertoire includes everything from Bach to Thea Musgrave. In their lively presentation, the trio take care to introduce the audience to the music so that they get the best from what is perhaps inevitably less familiar music.
Repertoire for flute, viola and harp trio:
Bergina Leka 2014
‘Excellent ensemble always prevailed, and there was a marked feeling for style. Close empathy with great care for detail coupled to graceful execution, resulted in an extremely satisfying account.’
Violin Frances Mason, Cello James Halsey
In Arpatagora Jenny combines the harp with the Tagore String duo, to explore the unusual repertoire for violin cello and harp. Frances and Jenny have worked together for many years and are delighted to be working with James on new programmes.
‘The best [concert] we’ve ever had!’
Helena de Rijke harp
The combination of two harps gives great richness and far more chromatic possibilities than a single harp, as well as being great fun to work with someone who completely understands the problems of the harp! Arcangeli was formed after both harpists played at separate concerts in the same church in Southampton, the church of St Michael the Archangel. Arcangeli were delighted to be invited to play at the inaugural Harp on Wight Festival in 2014.
Helena de Rijke, born in Haarlem, studied in France with Marie-Louise Marcelin, in Germany with Helga Storck and Ruth Konhäuser and in Holland with Edward Witsenburg. She had a distinguished career in Germany as Principal Harpist in the opera houses of Bonn, Dusseldorf, Mannheim and Westfalia and the symphony orchestras of NDR and Bamberg. After a career break to bring up her children in London, Helena is enjoying rediscovering the harp.
Bergina Leka www.berginaleka.com
‘Facing each other and holding two magnificent instruments, they began a programme of French music...La Cathedrale Engloutie brought out the best of the esoteric chime like sounds of the two harps...it called for delicate note production, which the two harpists managed to execute neatly.
Cesar Franck’s Prelude, Fugue, Variation, allowed for plenty of give-and-take between the two players which they handled with skill and imagination. Helena de Rijke, obviously a very experienced and subtle harpist,
often handled the bass lines showing great attention to detail and Jenny Broome had many opportunities to show her skill at melody and harmony....Andres’ Cortege et Danse, another exercise in atmospherics, portrayed a cortege approaching slowly and segueing into dance. I’m not too sure about the likelihood of such an occurence, unless it was for a New Orleans funeral but it was all exquisitely played.’
Violin and Harp
Frances Mason violin
Frances and Jenny met when they were both invited to perform for a charity concert in Old Heathfield, Sussex where they discovered a mutual interest in the music of Spohr for violin and harp. Subsequently they have given many concerts together including four concerts at the Buckingham Festival over the years. For one of these they commissioned Edward Lambert’s piece Speed Matters. More recently they have been working on a CD, due for release in 2017, exploring the repertoire of Marianne and Clara Eissler, the Victorian sisters for whom Saint-Saens wrote his Fantaisie.
Frances Mason was born in Hampshire and was taught as a child by Albert Sammons. She was a scholar at the Royal College of Music where she was awarded the Violin Prize, the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Silver Medal and the Tagore Gold Medal. She was a prizewinner in the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition and the BBC Violin Competition and received the National Federation of Music Societies’ Award for Young Musicians. Frances has appeared as soloist at several BBC Proms and broadcast as a soloist many times. She has also broadcast and performed most of the repertoire for violin and piano and has always been involved performing, recording and teaching chamber music with the Music Group of London, the Tagore String Trio, the Rasumovsky Quartet, the Beethoven Broadwood Trio and the Dartington Trio. She has been a Professor at the Royal College of Music since 1971.
Repertoire for violin and harp:
‘Much appreciated…the audience were delighted with the concert which I myself enjoyed tremendously’ Buckingham Festival Committee
Flute and harp
Jenny has worked with several flautists, including particularly Clare Mellor, from Trio Sospiroso, and Jenny’s CD with Rachel Smith, Summer was in August (www.dimusic.co.uk) continues to be well received.
Rehearsals sometimes have to be held in surprising venues!
‘The playing throughout was beautifully skilled and sensitive, and the church acoustic added its customary brilliance, although also its slight attenuation beyond the baffle of the western tower arch.’ ‘...a happy and memorable evening.’
|Michael Berkeley||Second Still LIfe|
|Pasculli||Omaggio à Bellini|
|Rossini||Andante con variazione|
Jenny is a member of West Forest Sinfonia (www.westforestsinfonia.org) and has performed with them on several occasions when it is possible to explore repertoire for other combinations. With the Hilser Ensemble Jenny has played chamber music in London, Lewes and Bramber. She has also played with members of the Philharmonia and with English Serenata (www.englishserenata.com).
Repertoire for other combinations:
|Bax||Sonata for Viola and Harp|
|Quintet for Harp and Strings|
|Berlioz||Trio from The Childhood of Christ|
|Caplet||Conte Fantastique (harp and string quartet)|
|ETA Hoffman||Quintet (harp and string quartet)|
|Ibert||Two Interludes (fl, vln, hp)|
|Jolivet||Pastorales de Noël (fl cello and harp)|
|Lambert||Concerto Cubico (trombone, marimba and harp)|
|Mozart||Adagio and Rondo for Glass Harmonica|
|Pierné||Voyage au pays du tendre (fl, vln, vla, cello, hp)|
|Ravel||Introduction and Allegro|
|Paul Reade||The Kitchen Garden Suite (clarinet and harp)|
|Ropartz||Prelude, Marine et Chansons (fl, vln, vla, cello, hp)|
|Roussel||Serenade (fl, vln, vla, cello, hp)|
|Tippett||Dreaming (viola and harp)|
|Vaughan Williams||Studies in English Folksong (violin, viola, cello or clarinet)|
‘The harp sparkled….ethereal was a word I heard bandied about’ (Hilser Ensemble)
‘The trio made light of a series of ever faster rhythmic complexities, finally bringing the piece to a brilliant ending’ (Concerto Cubico)
‘Next on the horizon was the harp, in the hands of Jenny Broome…driven by her immense experience and professionalism…the harp was truly orchestral’ (Concerto Cubico)