Jenny Broome Solo Harpist

Solo recitals

Concertos

Recitals

Solo with choir

Solo recitals

Jenny has given recitals for various different groups including concert clubs, theatres, societies and even the WI! Recitals can be designed for different occasions; for example, Jenny has given recitals of eighteenth and nineteenth century music for special interest groups, and of Welsh music for St David's Day.

Sample Programmes      A        B  

A :

Hasselmans La Source, Étude de Concert Op.44
Elias Parish-Alvars Serenade Op 83
Fauré Une Châtelaine en sa tour… Op 110
Tournier Sonatine Op.30
Handel, realised Grandjany Concerto in B flat Op 4 no 6
Britten Suite for harp Op 83


‘I wanted to thank you again for playing so wonderfully at the Pump Room last Friday night, it was an unexpected treat!...Marcel Grandjany is a new name for me and I was so moved and impressed with his Rhapsody, I ordered it straight away ...I felt the atmosphere in the beautiful Pump Room was very special for every one that night and I'll never forget sitting quietly with my wife listening to something truly magical.’

‘…you gave such an excellent recital to our Society’

‘Thank you very much for last night’s recital. The music with explanations was just right…a perfect finale.’

‘The Britten was a huge talking-point, as was [her] presentation of it.’ Britten Suite for Harp

‘…confirming her technical mastery…’ Glinka Variations on a theme of Mozart

‘An elegant account’ Fauré Une Chatelaine en sa Tour

Concertos

Jenny has appeared as the soloist in several harp concertos, working with conductors including Philip Ellis, Andrea Quinn, Paul Hoskins, Robert Secret and Stefan Hofkes.

Repertoire includes:

Bruch Scottish Fantasy (violin and harp)
Debussy Danse Sacrée et Danse Profane
Ginastera Concerto for harp
Handel Concerto Opus 4 no 6 for harp
Frank Martin Petite Symphonie Concertante
(piano, harpsichord and harp)
Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp
Ravel Introduction and Allegro
Vaughan Williams Dives and Lazarus

 

‘Beautifully poised….radiant playing…a fine sense of line’ Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp

‘Jenny Broome was the soloist and she was stunning. The complex cadenza in the finale demonstrated her astonishing rapport with her instrument and her complete understanding of the music.’ Ginastera Harp Concerto

‘A spirited performance…they nearly raised the roof!’ Ginastera Harp Concerto

‘Congratulations on a brilliant Ravel on Sunday, really wonderful playing!’ Philip Ellis (Ravel)

‘Just to say how much I enjoyed your performance of the Ravel on Sunday. It is my favourite work for the harp and you didn’t disappoint. The balance with the orchestra was brilliant and you contrasted and brought out all the characteristics of the harp so well. A really authoritative performance that people commented on most favourably. Most satisfying.’ (Ravel)


Song recitals

As an accompanist Jenny has worked with several solo singers and her repertoire includes much wonderful original music for voice and harp:

Repertoire includes:

Britten Canticle V Death of St. Narcissus
A Birthday Hansel
Folksongs
Evening, Morning and Night
Songs from the Harmonia Sacra
Robin Holloway The Blue Doom of Summer
Lennox Berkeley Five Herrick Songs
Edmund Rubbra The Jade Mountain

These pieces have been combined with more familiar repertoire by Monteverdi, Purcell, Mozart, Chausson and Ravel amongst others.

 

‘In this performance the honours were shared equally by singer and player, for both rose admirably to the virtuosic challenges.’ Britten A Birthday Hansel


Solo with choir

Jenny has also worked with many choirs as a solo accompanist, especially in Britten's Ceremony of Carols, which she has recorded with the Phoenix Choir (www.readingphoenix.org.uk). Other repertoire includes:

Bernstein Chichester Psalms
Brahms Four Songs
Britten Choral Dances from Gloriana
Holst Hymns from the Rig Veda
Janaçek Otçenas
McDowell A Fancy of Folksongs
Nelson Lute Book Lullaby
Rheinberger Wie Lieblich
Rawsthorne Lament for a Sparrow
Rutter Dancing Day

Jenny has worked with many choral conductors including Gregory Rose, Janet Lincé, Norman Morris, Richard Vendome, Brian Kay and Robin Gritton.

 

‘impeccably prepared and sounding to great advantage in Conway Hall… [the] choir was supported by accomplished professional Jenny Broome. High spots were a rare opportunity to hear Holst‘s Rig Veda choral hymns, and a splendid mock-tragic Lament for a sparrow by Rawsthorne.

‘Jenny Broome not only gave quality support but delivered a riveting solo performance’ Britten A Ceremony of Carols

‘A special mention must be made of Jenny Broome’s beautiful performance of the harp interlude.’ Britten A Ceremony of Carols

‘Your contribution to the Chichester Psalms was just terrific.’ Bernstein Chichester Psalms