Heavenly sounds welcome the boys back from the long weekend!
Boys in Years 4 and above discovered a full-sized harp at the front of Tuesday’s assembly. Standing next to it, was Daniel de Fry, its owner and professional player.
Daniel de-Fry has studied the harp since the age of five with Professor Daphne Boden. In 1995 he became a student at The Purcell School where he was supported by the Music and Dance Scheme (MDS). Daniel was subsequently made a Leverhulme Scholar and was a winner of the Purcell School Instrumentalist Competition. In 2001 he was selected by the school to tour the US and perform solo in New York and Boston. Daniel then joined the Royal College of Music, where he was a Foundation Scholar supported by The Leonard & Margaret Boden Harp Award. Mrs Harrison, our inspiring Head of Music had arranged for Daniel to join us.
Daniel played the magical piece that lulled the three headed dog to sleep in Harry Potter and explained how he uses the 47 strings and 7 pedals to bring such a range of sounds from this exquisitely carved, instrument. A boy from each year group came forward, eagerly have a go at playing and producing a rolling swell of sound. The boys have been invited to come to the Music Department with additional questions and year 5 will be having a more prolonged session with Daniel today. Lochinver already offers a huge range of instrumental opportunity and the harp may become the latest to be undertaken. Certainly the 169 ABRSM grade certificates given out in the last year are testament to Lochinver’s passion for musical learning as are the orchestras, ensembles, choirs, rock bands and composition groups. We even have 2 boys studying at the Royal Academy at the moment.