Beartramka was formed by composer David Gough and harpist Danielle Perrett in 1999 in response to a need for some music for the harp which fulfilled the particular criteria of the Trinity College London (now TrinityGuildhall) harp exam syllabuses which Danielle was compiling. In particular, the Lever/non-pedal harp syllabus was being greatly expanded and there was little suitable music available to put into the syllabus, so they wrote some, commissioned some, and entered the music publishing business. They continue to add to the repertoire of exam pieces, not only for TrinityGuildhall. The ABRSM harp syllabus also uses some of their music, but more importantly they are adding to the general repertoire of music for both Pedal and Lever Harps. They have also expanded their range and added recordings to their activities, of which there are three currently available from Creighton's Collection.
David Gough & Danielle Perrett
"Sheer beauty of sound and virtuosity of technique
were always subordinated to thoughtful musicianship and keen interpretative
"It is Danielle Perrett's stunning solo
harp playing which offers the deepest insight ..."
BBC Music Magazine
"Danielle Perrett plays with finesse and
"... the highly sensitive harp playing of
Danielle Perrett, an artist of great sensitivity ..."
Hi-Fi News & Record Review
"... the harp pieces are both exquisitely
played and could hardly be more authoritative."
New Penguin Guide to CDs
"[Ms. Perrett's busy and varied musical
life] perhaps explains the depth of artistry, as well as superlative
technique... a wide dynamic continuum is always deployed with great
taste and discretion ..."
David Gough is a composer currently working in both the classical concert and media areas of music, but began his career in rock/pop. It all started in his home city of Liverpool where, predictably enough, he formed a band, The Moondogs. Their first single was released on a local label linked to the legendary "Eric's" club where they played more than any other band, but their second single "Hooray for the English" filled the airwaves with the help of Radio One and achieved moderate success.
The B-side, "When You Fly" was recently included on a CD of Liverpool cult classics.
David eventually moved to London where he changed musical direction and continued his musical studies, leading to a BMus (1st Class Hons.) and MMus in Composing for Film and Television at the London College of Music & Media.
In addition to David's music for Film, TV and the Theatre, his classical Concert music has been performed in many major venues in the UK and around the world.
In 1995 he married Danielle Perrett, one of Britain's leading concert harpists. With Danielle, he has also set up a publishing company, Beartramka, specialising in music for the harp. They have published books, compositons and arrangements of harp music, and are now venturing into CD production with 3 recordings performed by Danielle.
David also taught musicianship at the Royal College of Music, Junior Department for over nine years, involving teaching gifted students from about 8 years of age to school-leaving age those non-performing musical skills which are necessary to a budding professional musician, including music theory, aural, music history, etc.
|Beartramka CDs & Sheet Music from available at Creighton's Collection|
|The Firebird's Feather||Sept Sonates
|The Firebird's Feather||So near,
yet so far
|3 pieces for