These lists contain a selection of NZ works for harpists available from SOUNZ. There are still many more works on our full catalogue, including works for mixed chamber groups. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have, or if you need any help navigating our online catalogue!
Explore SOUNZ's complete catalogue of solo harp works here.
Harpist Carolyn Mills (photo right) has been described by critics as a musician of “great sensitivity and technical accomplishment” and “intense expressiveness.” She was appointed as Principal Harpist of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in 1989, and is Artist-Teacher of Harp at the New Zealand School of Music. Carolyn is co-founder of Flight, with flautist Bridget Douglas, which has toured in major festivals and series throughout the Pacific region and has commissioned and recorded several new works from distinguished composers.
Carolyn provides comments about some of her favourite pieces:
Kenneth Young's Autumn Arabesque for solo harp
Gillian Whitehead's Karohirohi for harp and orchestra
You can hear a recording of Gillian Whitehead's Karohirohi here. In 2012, the NZSO recorded several orchestral works by Gillian Whitehead's, featuring Carolyn Mills playing Karohirohi, which is due for release 23 September. Please contact SOUNZ if you would like to pre-order this CD!
Helen Fisher's Otari for solo harp
Gareth Farr's From Forgotten Forests for solo harp
|Carolyn says "Each of these composers were fantastic to work with. They each approached the harp with true dedication; Gareth actually took lessons on the harp before beginning to write. Both Gillian and Helen spent many hours with me next to the harp, trying things out, and being very open to suggestions. Ken's long experience playing in the orchestra and studying scores taught him much about how the harp works best."
Helen Webby (photo right) began playing the harp at the age of twelve, and studied with Dorothea Franchi (Auckland), Rebecca Harris (Auckland), Edward Witsenburg (Holland) and Maria Graf (Germany). She was appointed as Principal Harpist with the Christchurch Symphony in 2000. Her subsequent concerto appearances, solo recitals and chamber recitals have been warmly acclaimed by critics. In 2012 Helen performed the Australasian premier of the Harp Concerto by Rautavaara with the Christchurch Symphony, and has recently released on ODE Records the first anthology of NZ harp music, the CD ‘Pluck’ (pictured right).
Helen provides some insight into the creative process behind two of the works she recently commissioned:
Lyell Cresswell's The Harp Sang for voice and harp
Mark Smythe's Moto Mojo for solo harp with delay pedal
ODE Records 2012
ODE Records 2011
"I am extremely grateful to Creative New Zealand for their support in commissioning the nine composers recorded on my CD Pluck"