Concert to raise harp funds

Deborah Snowdon
Deborah Snowdon

A musical treat is in store for concert-goers to support a talented young harpist continue with her studies.

Morpeth girl Deborah Snowdon and her musical friends will present an evening of folk and classical music at St George’s United Reformed Church in Morpeth on Saturday, April 16.

The event has been arranged to help fund an orchestral harp for Deborah to continue her studies at Edinburgh University, where she is at present in her first year majoring in music.

Deborah, who is also an advanced pianist, is a former student of King Edward VI High School (KEVI) and has performed on numerous occasions in the area both as a soloist and a member of the Northumbrian Ranters.

Friends performing with Deborah include fiddle players Scott Martin and Peter Sloan, both KEVI sixth formers; James Bell (baritone) a former KEVI student whose family has been very involved in music and dance at the Morpeth Gathering and Georgina MacDonell Finlayson (violin and piano) who is also reading music at Edinburgh University.

Also supporting Deborah will be her Godparents, Pamela and Richard Wallhead (piano).

At present Deborah plays a clarsach harp, more at home with folk music, but its range is not suitable for the more demanding repertoire she will need to master in order to continue at orchestral level.

This will require the purchase of a pedal harp which will cost a minimum of £10,000.

Deborah and her brother are supported solely by their mother, a maths teacher at AshingtonHigh School, and she realises that much hard work will be needed in order to raise the funds needed to buy such an instrument.