Dec 1st The Three Harps of Christmas

Dec 1st The Three Harps of Christmas

Sat 1st December 2018  Tonbridge Parish Church  6pm

A festive treat to get your Christmas off to a stunning start! Harpist Ruth Wall and composer Graham Fitkin join us for a programme of candlelit carols, artfully arranged for various harps, and of harp classics. Graham will talk about the history of the carols, which are his arrangements, and about the different harps. We end with mince pies, mulled wine and a chance to meet the artists.

NB Concert starts at 6pm

‘Immaculate playing’ BBC Music Magazine 

‘Majestic harp melodies’ Musera

‘Virtuosic’ The Guardian


  • The Blacksmith – traditional, arranged Ruth Wall
    Music from the Rowallan M.S. – Scottish C16
  • The Angel Gabriel
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • Gymnopedie – Eric Satie
  • All In The Morning
  • Once In Royal David’s City
  • Clair de Lune – Claude Debussy
  • Douce Dame de Jolie – Guillaume de Machaut
  • Libertango – Astor Piazzolla
  • The Coventry Carol    
  • Away In The Manger    
  • In The Bleak Mid-winter
  • Silent Night 
  • Corde Natus Ex Parentis – Of The Father’s Heart Begotten


Ruth Wall delights audiences around the world with performances on her many harps. As a soloist, and with ensembles and orchestras, she has toured to Japan, Australia, the USA and Canada, throughout Europe and Scandinavia. Her playing has been broadcast on national radio, television and film

Graham Fitkin was Composer in Residence with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in the mid-90s, and since then has had commissions from the Halle, BBC Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, RSNO, Athens Camerata, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Nederlands Radio Orchestra etc. He has conducted orchestras in venues from Lincoln Center to South Bank, to Aula Magna in Rome. He collaborates with today’s foremost ensembles and performers. He has won a British Composer Award twice and since 2007 has been Composer in Residence with the London Chamber Orchestra. Performances include those for the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Opera House, the Concertgebouw and the Olympics 2012.