This post is part of the “MY Baroque Flamenco” blog series featuring performers who play my  harp showpiece “Baroque Flamenco.”  I love that each player makes this piece their own. I asked each to tell you a little about themselves, then share a video and their answers to 6 questions.
To make Baroque Flamenco YOURS join my 5-Week online Course “Baroque Flamenco – Beyond the Page” – Spring 2016 or English Literature, French and History. I have been studying the harp for just over three years, since I was nearly 15, with Eleanor Turner after having studied clarinet, saxophone, piano and singing from an early age.

I love music both in performance and within films as music can always tell a story.  I love creating, and try to use music to raise money for charity; so far around half-a-thousand pounds for the National Brain Appeal from charity concerts I have organised.


Ruth Lee plays Deborah Henson-Conant’s ‘Baroque Flamenco’ – I’m playing Baroque Flamenco in March 2015 in my practise room at home.


1.  If you had to describe the experience of playing “Baroque Flamenco”  in 5 words or less, what would they be?

Liberating, Exciting, Adrenaline, Joy

2.  What do people say when you play this piece? Do you have favorite memories of people’s reactions to it?

“I didn’t know you could do that on the harp.” OR, “You got me dancing.”  It is always great to see people smile.  I have performed the piece at school concerts and was so pleased that afterwards people really wanted to know more about the harp and realised how powerful and diverse it is!

People say 'You got me dancing!' when I play this piece #harp #BFBC Click To Tweet

3.  What drew you to this piece – why did you choose to learn it??

I was entranced after watching a recording of my teacher Eleanor Turner play the piece.  She was really enthusiastic and encouraged me to take the Baroque Flamenco Bootcamp.  I hadn’t played the piece before the course, but had played and loved New Blues so couldn’t wait to start Baroque Flamenco.

4.  What does this piece add to your repertoire (and/or your life) that you didn’t have before?

Now I get excited. I love the music and it has pushed me to be more physical and confident. I would never have dreamed of posting a video before embarking on the Baroque Flamenco journey! Moreover, I try to concentrate on the positives; begin to love imperfection and spontaneity. I have begun to improvise on the harp – even in public!

I would never have dreamed of posting a video before embarking on the Baroque Flamenco journey! Click To Tweet

5.  What would you tell someone else who’s thinking of learning this piece that you wish you’d known before you learned it?

Just go with it!  Watch other people’s performances and if possible go on the Baroque Flamenco Bootcamp!  DHC gives the most fantastic advice, and clears up any confusion!

6.  What do you think you can get from working directly with the composer of the piece that you can’t get from the sheet music?

The heart of the piece;  you only really understand the music after hearing it directly from the composer, getting their advice – their thoughts, ideas and process to reach the notes on the stave.

The techniques seem incredibly accessible through the videos on the Bootcamp. I only wish I could work on the piece in person with DHC face to face!

The techniques seem incredibly accessible through the videos on the Bootcamp #harp #BFBC Click To Tweet

7.  Anything else you want to say?

Thank-you for writing this piece.  For those who haven’t learnt it yet- do it now!

Are YOU ready to rock YOUR “Baroque Flamenco”?
Join “Baroque Flamenco Bootcamp!”

The next session of my 4-week online teaching intensive, “Baroque Flamenco Bootcamp”  begins March 23, 2015.

“Baroque Flamenco” is a dramatic show-piece for harp composed by Deborah Henson-Conant.  It’s performed by harpists all over the world as a solo piece or as a concerto for Harp and Orchestra or Harp and Chamber Ensemble, and is unique because of its combination of classical and Flamenco-inspired techniques which highlight unusual percussive uses of the harp.

Once a year, the composer hosts a 4-week online teaching intensive, “Baroque Flamenco Bootcamp” so that harpists all over the world can learn the piece and its unusual techniques directly from the composer.  The next session of “Baroque Flamenco Bootcamp” begins March 23, 2015.

Do YOU have a Baroque Flamenco Performance Story?

Do you play “Baroque Flamenco?”  Do you have a video of your performance on YouTube?  Fill out this form to submit YOUR  “Baroque Flamenco” for application to be featured on this Blog Series.





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