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From South Africa to Barcelona

An internationally know harpist lends her skills to the ECClub reading groups

Where are you originally from and where do you live now?

I am originally from South Africa and I have live in Europe for the past 14 years, and in Catalonia almost 12 years. My parents encouraged culture.

What work do you do apart from the ECClub?

I am a musician, I play harp professionally and am a teacher of harp and piano. Apart from my family, I am passions are performing and teaching on my different harps and arranging folk music from around the world for harp. I also enjoy reading, creative writing and nature.

What kind of books do your members prefer to read?

The books of the advanced group I think are too difficult for them. The intermediate group like their books a lot.

Which books did you like the most last year?

I liked the books by Matthew Quick, Sue Townsend and Donna Leon the most, but I enjoyed all of them.

What's the best thing about being an ECClub group leader?

Meeting new people and the interaction we have about the books.

Have you written any book?

I have written a short story that was published in “Writers Abroad” called “Dancer on the Train”. At the moment am busy with a Folk Music book for harp and piano.

What about your music and concerts?

In May I have three solo harp concerts in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, for the Rio Harp Festival in Rio de Janeiro. I'm happy to have concerts there. Recently I developed an interest in arranging traditional music for the harp. Latest interests are Celtic, South African, South America, Catalan and Spanish music. I had five harps, two Celtic, Austrian Folk and two concert Harps.

As for concerts, I like to perform using one or a combination of my harps, which in combination with my diverse collection of music demonstrates all the different colours of the sounds of the harps. I have arranged more traditional music from all over the world for harp, given three concerts, taught, given flute and harp recitals together with Iulian Gogu, flautist, and I have a new CD out, which is music ranging from Baroque to Blues, called The Magic of the Harp.

How about your Catalan?

Oops! People told me I should know Castellano well first, so that was what I studied first. Maybe in a year or two, I will be ready to start with Catalan!

Do you miss South Africa?

Yes, I will always miss it. Except for my mother, we all live in different countries now, spread all over the world.

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