Artists and Tickets
Concerts take place at Mellerstain House, commencing at 7:30 unless otherwise stated. Tickets should be booked in advance since the Music Room has limited capacity.
May 30 Richard Allen (harp)
May 30 Richard Allen (harp)
Our second concert of the season features a superb and varied harp programme performed by Richard Allen who is a passionate artist and regularly performs solo harp pieces in the UK, Ireland, and abroad. He played in St. Martin-in-the-Fields to great acclaim having won the Trinity Laban John Marson Prize in 2013, and his performance in the Teatro della Residenza in Monza (Italy) in 2014 was described as ‘an incarnation’!
Programme for May 30
Louis Spohr - Fantaisie Op.35
Domenico Scarlatti - Sonata K.69 and Sonata K.318
Paul Hindemith - Sonata (1939)
Henriette Renie - Ballade Fantastique (based on Edgar Allen-Poe’s ‘Telltale Heart)
Franz Liszt - Liebestraum No.3
Claude Debussy - Nocturne
Marcel Tournier - Sonatine Op.30
Mily Balakirev - The Lark
Gabriel Fauré - Impromptu Op.86
‘An artist in the true sense of the word’, concert harpist Richard Allen has recently graduated from the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne (Switzerland) where he studied with Letizia Belmondo, having previously studied with Gabriella Dall’Olio and early harp specialist Frances Kelly as a Trinity College London scholar at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, London, graduating with Distinction in 2016. Richard was born in 1993 in Belfast, Northern Ireland where he also studied clarinet, piano, and traditional Irish harp.
At the 2017 Félix Godefroid International Harp Contest in Belgium he was awarded the 2nd Prize following a unanimous 1st Prize at the Camac Harp Competition 2016 – North London Festival; the most prestigious of its kind in the UK. He was then awarded the BBC Young Musicians’ Platform Award 2016, playing Glière’s Harp Concerto Op.74 with the Ulster Orchestra and David Brophy. His playing is often noted for its remarkable palette of shades and colours, and a depth of expression that is rarely heard on the instrument. He first played in St. Martin-in-the-Fields to great acclaim having won the Trinity Laban John Marson Prize and has been invited for a return visit in May 2019.
Richard is a passionate soloist and regularly performs solo recitals in the UK, Ireland, and abroad including an ongoing UK recital series as a Countess of Munster Recital Scheme Artist. A personal highlight was a solo performance of Debussy's piano music at the Royal Festival Hall in the centenary year of the composer's death, followed by a Debussy-themed solo recital for the Cheltenham Music Festival. Upcoming performances include live broadcast recordings, recitals, and opera productions throughout the UK and Europe. He has been one of the lucky few to have taken masterclasses with some of the world’s leading harpists including Marie-Pierre Langlamet, (Berliner Philharmoniker), Fabrice Pierre and Sylvain Blassel (CNSM Lyon), and Germaine Lorenzini (Orchestre National de Lyon).
Richard has a great love of orchestral repertoire (opera and ballet in particular) and was the proud and lucky winner of the Philharmonia Orchestra Harp Fellowship 2017-18. He is the resident harpist with the Opéra de Baugé in France, and has played across the UK and Europe with orchestras such as the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Ulster Orchestra. Playing regularly in venues such as Cadogan Hall, St John's Smith Square, and the Royal Albert Hall, a diverse freelance career combines his love of both music and travel to take him all over the world.
Richard is generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Philharmonia MMSF, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and the Royal Philharmonic Society.