Derby harpist’s recording offer

A 14-year-old Derby High School harpist has been invited to record an album with a famous British operatic tenor

Laura-Rose Gee, of Littleover, will duet with Gari Glaysher after she played alongside him at several concerts.

Mr Glaysher asked the teenager if she would like to record an album with him after she performed on stage with him at the 5th Foxy Variety Show in Tamworth recently.

Laura-Rose first joined Mr Glaysher on stage at Derby Cathedral in 2012 when they were accompanied by former Britain’s Got Talent finalist Julian Smith.

Laura-Rose said she was thrilled to be asked to record an album.

She said: “We were running through our duet and he said he had this idea to record a 10-track album of Celtic music. He said he had always wanted to record a Celtic album and he thought the harp would work really well on it and asked if I would like to be a part of it.

“It’s such a fantastic once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I can’t believe it. I had hoped that when I was older I might have the chance to be a professional musician and record songs but I never expected it to happen at this age.

“Gary’s PA is going to look for recording studios and I will have to fit it around studying for GCSEs but hopefully we will record the album early next year.”

Laura-Rose also visited her former primary school, Carlyle Infant, where she performed in assembly and ran a harp workshop for 300 children in eight classes across the day.

She also played for a community luncheon held for pensioners at Browning Circle in Sunny Hill for Austin Community Enterprise, a group which works to enrich the lives of the pensioners.

Mr Glaysher’s roles have included Cavaradossi in Tosca, Don José in Carmen and Canio Pagliacci with Opera Nova.

 

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