Magical, medieval and hauntingly beautiful are words that are often used to describe the Celtic music by Winter Harp, a world-class ensemble performing with a collection of rare 12th century musical instruments.
The Sid Williams Theatre stage will be adorned Dec. 8 with dozens of candles set in front of an impressive cathedral backdrop as the musicians perform in their exquisite medieval costumes.
With classical harps, flutes, drums and percussion, the performers of Winter Harp are returning to the Comox Valley for one night only to present Celtic and traditional carols, songs and stories drenched in folklore and medieval history.
Rare instruments include the ethereal-sounding bass psaltery (the only one like it in the world), the 12th century organistrum (the other one like it in Canada is in the Museum of Mann in Ottawa) and the nyckelharpa.
Winter Harp features Celtic harpist Janelle Nadeau, classical harpist Esther Cannon, percussionist Lauri Lyster, medieval instrumentalist Joaquin Ayala, flutist Jeff Pelletier, vocalist Caroline Markos and narrator/Celtic harpist Patrick Ball.
The director is Lori Pappajohn, who has received many significant awards during her 19-year history, including the nomination for the B.C. Touring Artist of the Year.
“Loreena McKennitt fans will approve of Pappajohn’s lilting voice,” says Jeff Bateman of Western Living. CBC Radio’s Jurgen Gothe said, “Winter Harp’s annual Christmas concerts are a treat.”
“It’s an enrapturing event that plucks at your heartstrings,” says the Province newspaper.
Winter Harp has been featured on numerous radio and television stations including CBC Radio, Bravo Television and CBC Television’s prestigious Opening Night series.
In the past, performances have sold out due to rave reviews and standing ovations.
For more information, visit www.winterharp.com.
Sponsored by Atlas Café and Avenue Bistro, Winter Harp performs Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay. Tickets are regular-$45, members-$40 and students $25 at the Sid; 250-338-2430 or online at www.sidwilliamstheatre.com.
— Sid Williams Theatre