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Harpists choose Forres venue for charity date


By Staff Reporter - Northern Scot

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A GROUP of musicians who have played for royalty and world leaders will bring a Moray landmark to life when they play in a charity concert.

Harpa, an ensemble of harpists from across the USA will return to the Forres Tolbooth to raise funds for the Forres Heritage Trust who are custodians of the building.

The group last played to a sell-out audience at the historic site in 2015 in an ensemble of 14, but on May 11, six of the performers will return to stage another concert in the old courtroom of the venue.

Harpa last visited the Tolbooth in Forres in 2015 to a sell-out audience.
Harpa last visited the Tolbooth in Forres in 2015 to a sell-out audience.

Bob James, a trustee with the Forres Heritage Trust, said he was delighted when the group said they play once again.

Mr James said: "To have these world renowned performers, specialists in their field play for us once, was enough of a coup the first time, but to secure them again for a second performance has blown me away.

"Their music is sensational and this time they actually chose to return to our beautiful building. I spoke with their tour manager David Leitch and Harpa are here on a retreat and they said they wanted to play some extra venues and the Tolbooth was one that they asked about. This is a truly philanthropic gesture on their part to give us another concert."

This time the performers will include Sue Richards, Therese Honey, Beth Kolle and Jennifer Narkevicius, Martha Hill and Donna Bennett.

Sue has played twice for Bill Clinton, President Bush and the Queen.

Therese draws on her vast knowledge of early music history and brings alive the music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque eras.

Whilst Beth Kolle is a leading proponent of Nordic and Celtic music and Jennifer Narkevicius is the President of the American Clarsach Society.

Martha is of Scots-Irish descendent and is a member of the Scottish Harp Society of America whilst Donna owns her own private therapy practice.

Tickets are available from Eventbrite by searching for Harpa.



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