Brilliantly talented British harpist Cecily Beer performed a concert titled ‘Land of Song’ at the Amricani Cultural Centre on 5 April. The well-attended concert, held under the sponsorship of the British Embassy in Kuwait and the Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa Resort, in collaboration with Dar al Athar al Islamiyyah, was a resounding success.
This was the first time that Ms. Beer, who leads a professional career as a harpist and singer, and has entertained all over the world, including in Europe, Australasia, the French Polynesia and the USA, was performing in Kuwait. She has conducted performances that were broadcast on radio and television. She has performed at private engagements for Rolling Stones member, Ronnie Wood, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams and most recently for Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
She started her concert in Kuwait with a rendition of John Parry’s a ‘Sonata in D Major: Allegro’, it was played with a technique that highlighted her musicianship and superb command over the harp. Bringing remarkable sensitivity and strength to compositions by the well-known composers John Thomas, William Mathias and Elias Parish Alvars, Ms. Beer displayed phenomenal technical prowess and radiant musicality.
She then portrayed an artistry that enhanced the harp's solo personality, delivering a beautiful and awe-inspiring rendition of Stephen Paulus’ Berceuse for Harp Solo from Divertimento for Harp and Chamber Orchestra. Subsequently, she showed the remarkable emotional influence of a harp and the varied beauty of Welsh traditional music with a piece titled The Bells of Aberdovey by Clychau Aberdyfi.
Projecting each note with a soft romantic precision, Hiracth (Longing) by Grace Williams was sensational. The enchanting music of Cecily Beer on the harp slowly submerged the audience in a magical world of music.