Helen Davies - Short Biography & Contact Details

Photo: Rhodri DaviesHelen Davies

Helen studied harp in her native Wales, and holds the degree of Bachelor of Music from the University of Birmingham. She has held the post of solo harpist with orchestras in Sweden (Operan, Göteborg) and Ireland (RTE, Dublin), and from 1983-1989 she taught both classical and Irish harp at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. As secretary of CaÌrde na CruÌte (the Irish Harp Society) she was one of the instigators of the highly successful Irish harp summer school witch takes place in Termonfechin (Ireland) every year. Now based in Copenhagen, Helen's main work is in the field of contemporary improvised music, blending acoustic and electronic sounds, with trumpet player/composer Palle Mikkelborg. They have appeared throughout Scandinavia, Australia, the Far East and China. Helen returns regularly to Ireland as a guest teacher and performer and has been particularly associated with the work of Irish composer Shaun Davey. She has worked and recorded with several of Ireland's leading traditional musicians, most recently singer P·dragÌn ni Uallach'in. Helen Davies' solo CD "Open the Door Softly" was released autumn 2000, and was nominated for a Danish Music Award (folk music) 2001.

 

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Duo: Gentle Songs & Slow Ayres

Gentle Songs & Slow Ayres is a duo with the Swedish-Danish alto Agnethe Christensen and the Welsh harper Helen DaviesGentle Songs & Slow Ayres is a duo with the Swedish-Danish alto Agnethe Christensen and the Welsh harper Helen Davies. Both have a classical education but have their musical roots in the folk music of Wales and Sweden. They present programmes with songs, ballads, ayres, lullabyes, dances and laments from the British Isles and the Scandinavian countries – northern music poetry from the sagas of the people to enchanting dance music – a folklore salon with Celtic harp, Baltic cittern (kantele) and song.

Agnethe ChristensenAgnethe Christensen comes originally from Sweden, studied at the Royal Danish Conservatory and specialized in renaissance and medieval singing with Andrea von Ramm in Basel and furthermore in Rome and Paris. Well known for her unconventional interpretations of modern and classical works, and with intriguing vocal clarity, she presents a thrilling exponent for the recent wave of, and exploratory marriage between, contemporary, folk and early vocal music. In 2001 Agnethe was invited to join the medieval ensemble Sequentia which performs worldwide, specialising in reconstructions of old nordic poetry.

Photograph of Helen DaviesHelen Davies studied harp in her native Wales, and holds the degree of Bachelor of Music from the University of Birmingham.

She has held the post of solo harpist with orchestras in Sweden (Operan, Göteborg) and Ireland (RTE, Dublin), and from 1983-1989 she taught both classical and Irish harp at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin.

As secretary of CaÌrde na CruÌte (the Irish Harp Society) she was one of the instigators of the highly successful Irish harp summer school which takes place in Termonfechin (Ireland) every year.

Now based in Copenhagen, Helen's main work is in the field of contemporary improvised music, blending acoustic and electronic sounds, with trumpet player/composer Palle Mikkelborg.

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  Gentle Songs & Slow Ayres Agnethe Christensen Helen Davies
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Web site www.gentlesongs.dk agnethe.homepage.dk www.helendavies.dk

 

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Open the
door softly
Chasing
the breeze
West over
the sea
A Fair
Meadow
Pas de Deux