About the artists
Fhoto: Briseis Scheiner
Once upon a time…
The sound, intimacy and beauty of the harp made Caroline look for a harpist to work with.
After a long nocturnal phone call, she and Anne decided to go for it.
In March 2003, under the name of “Musica Del Cuore”, they performed together for the first
time, yielding an eruption of creative energy. They were inspired by Anne’s three instruments
(classical harp, concert harp and Celtic harp) to put together three concert programmes which
they performed many times. The duo was invited to the Concertgebouw’s Recital Hall to play
the chamber opera “Julianas”, written for them by René Samson to a libretto by Olaf Mulder.
During a special conference in France, they performed in honour of the Dalai Lama’s prime
minister, playing e.g. Monteverdi’s Lamento di Arianna. They recorded the cd Amor Vincit
under the label Aliud, audio plus, and lately they performed in Rabat, Maroc at the
International festival “Les cordes pincees”
While researching the third programme, “Zoete Tranen” (“Sweet Tears”), they chanced upon
“Pierlala”, a 17th-century farce comprising 27 stanzas. They instantly realized this had to be
the core of a separate show. Directed by Elsina Jansen, it opened in the residence of the Mayor
of Amsterdam, Job Cohen, as part of the Amsterdam ”Grachtenfestival” (Canal Festival). The
final stage of its tour was the Recital Hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The supporting
act was provided by children who had done a workshop with Caroline and Anne.
“Pierlala Rappers of the Concertgebouw” delighted the audience.
Two shows followed, “Het Sneeuwwitte Vogeltje” (The Snow-white Little Bird) and “Alles in de wind”,
named after a well-known traditional children’s song. This show, again commissioned by the
Grachtenfestival, made it to the front pages of several national newspapers. They were invited to
play for the Dutch Royal family. They performed “Sneeuwwit vogeltje” and “Alles in de wind”
over 150 times, in Holland and in Belgium. Stippie en Jan is the latest production of The Singing
harp. The played the première on 31-10-2012.