Arts on Friday
Robin Ward is so dedicated to playing the harp that he built one and then taught himself how to play it.
Ward will perform in Palmerston North next month. On Sunday, February 10, he will play at Te Manawa at 2.30pm as part of his 2013 tour of New Zealand.
He will be presenting a varied programme that is an exploration of music, played on his own handcrafted triple harp.
Ward combines his talent with an engaging and informative approach to performing.
His aim is for his audiences to enjoy a wide selection of music, as well as a performance style that brings each piece to life.
The programme includes music from folk traditions and the baroque, classical, and romantic periods, with a combination of his own transcriptions and music originally written for the instrument.
Originally from New Zealand, Ward is living in Britain, where he has been touring extensively.
During his performing career he has played with various orchestras and ensembles, and is now establishing himself as a solo artist.
In 2009 he independently released his first solo album, No Pedals Attached, and he is working on his second.
Ward initially learned to play the lever harp before moving on to the pedal harp, on which he completed a Bachelor of Music at Victoria University of Wellington, under the guidance of the principal harpist of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
He went on to complete a Master of Music in performance on the triple harp, which is a chromatic instrument with three rows of strings instead of one, with no pedals or levers.
Due to the prohibitive cost of buying a triple harp and in order to continue his studies, Ward took a Kiwi DIY approach and built his own instrument. He taught himself how to play it from source material available.
From those early days, Ward has continued with harp making and exploring the capabilities of the triple harp.
* Tickets for the concerts are $20 adults, $15 concession, and a donation for children under 18.
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