CD A0132: ...from within

...from within by Eira Lynn Jones

CD Cover: ...from within by Eira Lynn Jones“Music constantly inspires me. It makes me smile, dream, think and breathe. I hope that this CD does the same for you and touches you from within.” Eira Lynn Jones. ...from within includes perfomances on both pedal and clarsach harp in a variety of musical styles - classical, contemporary, folk and a jazzy piece!

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Track Listing & Audio Samples


01-06 Aquatintes Bernard Andrès
10.54
07 Pastorale * Marcel Grandjany
2.17
08 Moonlight † Paul Verlaine transl. Norman R. Shapiro
0.53
09 Clair de Lune Claude Debussy tr. Victor Coeur
5.12
10 Prelude 14 * ‡ Eddie McGuire
3.49
11 Interlude from Dancing Day John Rutter
3.53
12 Impromptu Roger Nichols
4.31
13 On the Water Monika Stadler
5.12
14 Dance * ‡ Fiona Clifton-Welker
4.15
15 Risk † Anon
1.03
16 Harpicide at Midnight Pearl Chertok
2.25
17 Och Nan Och Scottish trad. arr. A Macdearmid
3.02
18 Cruit gun Chéis, Ceall gun Aba * Mary Ann Kennedy
4.01
19 Brigid Cruise * Turlough O'Carolan arr. EL Jones
3.31
20 Miss Me † Anon
0.57
21 Cathcart Phil Cunningham arr. C McKay
3.85
   
Total
59.53
  †Poems read by Louise Thomson
*Clarsach tracks
‡First recording
   
 

CD Notes & Credits

Sleeve Notes

I AM CONTINUALLY ASKED whether I have made a solo CD and, finally, here it is! We recorded this in a beautiful church overlooking Melior, near Stockport, so that we could capture the live sound that is heard in my concerts. These are pieces that I have enjoyed teaching and playing over the years, many written by harpists. It was a joy to play my Salvi Arianna pedal harp alongside my Starfish Glencoe Clarsach.

Music constantly inspires me. It makes me smile, dream, think and breathe. I hope that this CD does the same for you and touches you 'from within'.

AQUATINTES

This set of 6 short pieces by the French composer and harpist, Bernard Andres, is popular with all my pupils, who always inspire me with their hard work and dedication.

PASTORALE
A little gem of a piece by the harpist and teacher, Marcel Grandjany, which I dedicate to my own inspirational teacher, Kathleen Bride.

MOONLIGHT
A translation of the poem Clair de Lune by Paul Verlaine.

CLAIR DE LUNE
This much loved piece from Debussy's Suite Bergamasque for piano is one of my all time favourites. I include it as a thank you to my family: Hywel and Enid Jones; Linda, Glyn and Teleri; and my three nephews, Daniel Calan, lestyn Gwyn and Morus Caradog.

PRELUDE 14
Eddie MCGuire's Prelude for clarsach was commissioned by Alison Kinnaird in 1998, and premiered by Judith Peacock. It is one of 22 Preludes for different instruments, written over a 30-year period.

INTERLUDE
John Rutter's Dancing Day for harp and choir includes this haunting solo.

IMPROMPTU
Composed for Honor Wright in 1972 by Roger Nichols, this Impromptu deserves to be more widely heard.

ON THE WATER
Monika Stadler's music gives me great enjoyment, and more of her delightful compositions can be found on www.harp.at

DANCE
I love teaching Fiona Clifton-Welker's music; this is a fun piece, included in the Trinity non-pedal harp syllabus.

RISK
An inspirational poem.

HARPICIDE AT MIDNIGHT
This is the 3rd movement of Around the Clock Suite by the American harpist Pearl Chertok. 'The dance begins and the rhythm grows more and more insistent. The melody is lost and finally there is only the pulse of dancing feet.'

OCH NAN OCH
Translated as 'Sad am I', this is a traditional Scottish lament arranged by Ann Macdearmid.

CRUIT GUN CHÉIS, CEALL GUN ABA
'A harp without a tuning key, a church without an Abbot' was written by Mary Ann Kennedy, my first student at the RNCM.

BRIGID CRUISE
A simple air by the blind Irish harper, Turlough O'Carolan.

MISS ME
My beloved god-mother, Adela Barnard, died in February 2006. She would have been so proud to hear this CD.

CATHCART
This rousing pipe march was written for the Scottish Power Pipes Band by Phil Cunningham. It is a pleasure to conclude the album with this arrangement by Catriona McKay, a student of mine for many years, and who is now a great friend and colleague.

WELSH HARPIST ERA LYNN JONES, combines a busy performing schedule with teaching at the RNCM, Chetham's School of Music and privately. Her eclectic career embraces concerts with the Halls; recording with a heavy metal band; playing for the Welsh Rugby Union, as they celebrated their Grand Slam Victory at the House of Lords; appearing in two episodes of Coronation Street, watched by 16 million people ... and much more besides! A dedicated teacher, she is passionate about helping each pupil reach their full potential, wherever their strengths may lie.

This album is dedicated to all her pupils, past and present.

Credits

The recording could not have been made without the help of some wonderful people. I would like to thank:

John Longstaff for his excellent producing and all the additional help and advice.
John Hutchinson for such calm and patient engineering.
Neil Johnson for the fabulous painting, and for believing this would happen some day.
Kirsa Wilkenschildt for the lovely design.
Louise Thomson, who accepted 'payback time' and read the poems.
All the composers and arrangers for allowing me to record their music.
Gxx, who has inspired me in more ways than he'll ever know ... (and hi to BJ!)
Melior Parish Church and Centre for permission to record.

And finally ...
To Steve, without whose constant love and support, none of this could have been done.

MOONLIGHT is taken from 'One Hundred and One Poems' by Paul Verlaine translated by Norman R. Shapiro, published by the University of Chicago Press. ©1999 by the University of Chicago.

Produced by John Longstaff.
Engineered and mixed by John Hutchinson • www.theaudioconcept.com
Cover Photo ©Neil Johnson
Sleeve design Kirsa Wilkenschildt

©2006 Melindwr Records

Album Information

Instruments: Solo Harp
Genre: Classical, Contemporary, folk
Format: CD
Our Ref: A0132
MCPS: ELJ001
Label: Melindwr Records
Year: 2006
Origin: UK

Artist Information and Contact Details

Eira Lynn Jones (Harp)

Photograph of Eira Lynn Jones (Harp)Photograph of Eira Lynn Jones (Harp)Welsh harpist, Eira Lynn Jones, combines performing with a teaching career based in Manchester. Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, New York brought her numerous awards, including the Guinness Foundation Scholarship, an ISM Young Performer Award and a Welsh Arts Council Scholarship. She was Principal Harpist with the Northern Ballet Theatre Orchestra for six years, touring extensively with them. As a freelance harpist, she now performs with the Hallé Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic, amongst others, and has appeared in concerts at the Hollywood Bowl in LA, the London Proms, tours to Europe, USA and Japan and numerous orchestral recordings. She is a member of the Aeolian flute and harp duo, has recorded a CD of Music for Organ and Harp and has premièred several new works for harp.

As a soloist, she is regularly heard on the Daily Service and recently accompanied Aled Jones on Songs of Praise. She was seen by 16 million people, appearing in two episodes of Coronation Street, when she played for the wedding of Steve and Karen MacDonald.

Eira is also a dedicated teacher, being Head of Harp Studies at both Chetham’s School of Music and the RNCM. She has developed two flourishing harp departments, and her enthusiasm has seen a renewed interest in harp playing around the North West region.

Her playing has not only taken her all over the world, but it has led to invitations to perform in unusual settings. She has played on a heavy metal CD, flown to Spain for a private function for the Prince of Wales, and even played at the top of the Empire State Building.

Highlights of 2007 include the release of her first solo CD "…from within", a recital and master class at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival, a 5 day teaching residency in Greece, appearing at the European Harp Symposium in Cardiff and directing 20 harps at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in November.

Contact
14 Thaxted Drive
Stockport
Cheshire
SK2 5XH
   
Tel/Fax 0161 483 1327
   
E-mail eira@aeolia.co.uk
 
Artist Web Site   www.staly.plus.com