In Concert: Harpist Josh Layne

Josh LayneVictoria harpist Josh Layne has been called a ‘harp genius’ and a ‘consummate musician’. He is preparing for recital performances in Rio de Janeiro, but Oak Bay audiences will be served first with his May 3rd appearance at Oak Bay Matinee.

He will perform a collection of original and transcribed pieces for the harp. “I am looking for music that speaks to me, that I would enjoy playing. I sometimes find pieces (originally composed for other instruments) which I find worthwhile to transcribe for the harp”, says Josh.

One of the larger pieces on the program is the famous Handel Concerto for harp, one of the earlier works specifically composed for the harp. “A fantastic piece of music, and the cadenza (composed by harp legend Marcel Grandjany) is almost a piece in itself. It is about two and a half minutes. Great fun to play!”

Also on the program are works by Prokofiev, Bantock (with saxophonist Erik Abbink), Beethoven and Henson-Conant.

Josh Layne, harpist

Sunday May 3rd, 2015
Concert Starts at 2:30om


  • Concerto for Harp in B flat, Handel (1685-1759) edited and cadenza by Grandjany
  • Für Elise, Beethoven (1770-1827) transcribed Josh Layne
  • Rhapsody, Grandjany (1891-1975)


  • Autumn Labyrinth (2013), Josh Layne (1977- )
  • Prelude Op. 12, No. 7, Prokofiev (1891-1953) Salzedo edition
  • Hamabdil, Bantock (1868-1946), with Erik Abbink, saxophone
  • Baroque Flamenco, Deborah Henson-Conant (1953- )

Click here to see the program (pdf)

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