January 10th, 2005
Following the tragedy that hit Asia, I returned to a subdued Thailand
on January 7th, and I'm so grateful and lucky to be able to say that I
haven't personally lost any friends or family, even though I've heard
too many dreadful accounts by friends. In order to help in a small way
I plan to hold several concerts in Wales (venues and dates to follow)
when I return in April to raise money for the Thai Red Cross. There is
also a concert in Bangkok on January 29th in which all the proceeds will
go directly towards helping the survivors of this disaster.
Hoping that the rest of 2005 will improve and be more peaceful throughout
Message: 21 November 2004
It's 34C in Bangkok today, and this is meant to be the 'cool' season but
it doesn't feel like it! The Harp Centre has been busy as 7 of our students
have just sat their ABSRM examinations (Grade 3 and 5). The end of November
means that the holidays are 'round the corner (to celebrate HM King's
birthday on December 5th and then I'll be celebrating Christmas and the
new year!) During 2005 I hope to see the opening of a harp department
in one or two Bangkok universities. Some exciting concerts are also being
planned with performers from abroad joining me.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Message January 2004
The harp centre in Bangkok is going from strength
to strength, by now over 40 pupils have registered. The vary in age (7
- ??!) and their knowledge of Western music. A number have sat the Associated
Board examinations and had exceptional success. There are plans to visit
Chulalongkorn Univeristy during this term to give lectures on the history
and repertoire of the harp. Already a number of students are studying
composition to learn about composing correctly for the harp. The aim is
to perform some of their compositions for harp in the concerts in Tamnak
The weather remains very hot and Thai people continue to smile!
Eleri January 2004
Emerald Buddha, Bangkok