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Philharmonia Chamber Players: Music for Strings and Harp

Royal Festival Hall

A musician playing the harp


Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay – violin
Fiona Cornall – violin
Nicholas Bootiman – viola
Deirdre Cooper – cello
Heidi Krutzen – harp


Bax Quintet for Harp and Strings

R. Murray Schafer Theseus for Harp and String Quartet

Enjoy a free 45-minute performance by our talented Philharmonia Chamber Players and programmed by our Principal Harp, Heidi Krutzen.

In his long career, R. Murray Schafer composed several works with a prominent role for the harp. Their dramatic, descriptive nature and coloristic approach gives them considerable appeal, and his Theseus for Harp and String Quartet is no exception.

But first, enjoy Bax’s Quintet for Harp and Strings, composed in the wake of the First World War. At times dark and disturbing, it is nevertheless underscored by a rich, lyrical beauty that is almost evanescent, culminating in a delicate pianissimo of muted strings.

After the concert

Portrait of Xian Zhang

Mahler: The Song of the Earth

Xian Zhang – conductor
Claudia Mahnke – mezzo soprano
Andreas Schager – tenor

  • Mozart Symphony No. 25, K.183
  • Mahler Das Lied von der Erde
Royal Festival Hall