A renowned Scottish singer, songwriter and harpist performs her first New Zealand concert in Queenstown next month.
Impromptu concert: Katie Targett-Adams played her Celtic harp while visiting Thomas Brown and wife Elizabeth in January
Hong Kong-based Katie Targett-Adams – who’s helped revive interest in the ancient Celtic harp or clarsach – will play at artist Thomas Brown’s Speargrass Flat gallery on October 6 for a Cure Kids charity fundraiser.
Targett-Adams has performed at the opening of the Scottish Parliament in front of the Queen, at the launch of a JK Rowling Harry Potter book at Edinburgh Castle, aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia and in Beijing’s Great Hall of the Forbidden City.
Yet she’s looking forward to the intimacy of Brown’s gallery, which she visited during her honeymoon early this year – her husband Tim Bridges owns a house at Lake Hayes.
“It’s a privilege to be able to perform in this setting with Thomas’ inspired paintings to accompany my music and all for the excellent cause of supporting Cure Kids,” Targett-Adams says.
“Visiting Queenstown and the surrounding area for the first time reminded me very much of the highlands in my homeland of Scotland – both are breathtaking.
“Queenstown has the added benefit of sunshine and warm summer days,” Targett-Adams says.
She’ll take her audience on a musical journey starting in Scotland and traversing the globe, she adds.
“My harp has been a passport to see the world, and as a result of becoming a modern-day travelling minstrel I sing in all different languages and styles with harp.
“I like to alter people’s perception of the harp, which is normally viewed as a purely classical instrument played in an orchestra, and show that you can play and sing just about anything with the harp.”
Tickets at $85 are on sale at Queenstown’s Wilkinsons Pharmacy, Arrowtown’s Lakes District Museum and Brown’s gallery.
On the night, several items will also be up for silent auction including a Brown painting and a private catered dinner for six.
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