Performing Bochsa’s Harp Concerto No. 1 at the World Harp Congress plus other news

A lost masterpiece restored; a long-held dream achieved. Bochsa’s Harp Concerto No. 1 at the World Harp Congress.

Plus teaching/performing at the CNU Harp Festival and International Summer Harp Academy.


I’m very excited to share with you that I’ll be playing Bochsa’s Premier Concerto at the World Harp Congress in Cardiff, Wales, on July 30th, 2020.

A formative part of my early years learning the harp was listening to a Lily Laskine recording of harp concertos that included Nicolas Charles Bochsa’s Premier Concerto pour Harpe in RĂ© mineur, Op. 15. Sheet music for the rest of the works on her recording were easily available, but the Bochsa proved elusive – there is no currently published edition.

It became a bucket-list goal for me to somehow find the music and perform the concerto. Last year during my time in England I tracked down the solo harp part in the Zabaleta collection at the Royal College of Music and later I was able to obtain scans of both the harp and orchestral parts from the British Library. Many hours at the computer entering and correcting the parts into Finale and I now have a readable, playable edition of the concerto!

Not only do I finally have the sheet music, but I’m thrilled to be performing my chamber setting of the concerto at the World Harp Congress this summer. The World Harp Congress takes place every three years at a different location. It’s a week long celebration of the harp featuring some of the best harpists from around the globe.

I can’t wait to perform the Bochsa Concerto there. I’ll be in attendance the entire week of the Congress (July 25-30, 2020). As well as performing I look forward to connecting with fans and Harp Tuesday viewers in person during what looks to be an outstanding week of music and events.

Learn more about the Bochsa concerto at www.joshlayne.com/bochsa

Come study with me in Bulgaria August 2-9th, 2020!

Right after the World Harp Congress I’ll be in Sofia, Bulgaria to teach and perform at the 8th International Summer Harp Academy and Festival. Organized by Harp Corner/Angela Madjarova, this is a week long event with a chance to study with me plus Branka Crowder and Daniela Iolkicheva. Open to all ages and levels – more information. I had a wonderful, but too short, visit to Sofia in 2018 and I’m looking forward to getting a chance to spend some more time here!

Christopher Newport University Harp Festival, March 28th, 2020

I’ll be giving a masterclass and performing at the upcoming 2020 edition of the CNU Harp Festival (outside of Richmond, Virginia, USA). This day-long event features performances, masterclasses, vendors, and a competition for young harpists. More info here. See you there!

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for more events to come in 2020… :)

Cheers,
Josh

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