We are surrounded by nature. It includes everything, from the stones beneath our feet to the most sublime realms of thought – and we are a conscious part of nature’s creative dance.
The sciences arose as a means of explaining the laws and living forms in nature. Nonetheless, the sciences leave open a space where human beings can create the ‘higher nature’ which can be apparent to those who see nature’s intentions. In this space lies the source of the arts – which may be as necessary for the world as air and water. This view helps us understand the essential quality of beauty and artistic freedom.
This evening, accompanied by songs of the harp, we explore artist-scientist Goethe’s belief that the great works of art are truly forms of ‘higher’ nature.
John learnt to play music from an early age, starting with harmonica and recorder, and then guitar, flute and his favourite sax, the soprano. He love this instrument because it can sound like a baroque trumpet, an oboe, bagpipes, Turkish and Indian shawms, and ancient and otherworldly horns.
John took up harp after waking up dreaming about it one rainy English morning. He had always loved the harp sounds and moods, and then discovered later that day that Bristol’s only harp teacher, Claire Hamilton, lived in the next street! She played and he knew that he had to have one of the magical instruments.
John writes, ‘If we picture the totality of music as a pie chart, containing everything – ancient, modern, folksy, classical, jazzy, experimental, intellectual, earthy… well, the harp really can produce something from every area’.
Well known and loved in Glastonbury ~ as well as a regular and most welcome contributor to magical, candlelit evenings at Glastonbury Positive Living Group, John also works as a volunteer musician at the Bristol Cancer Help Centre, where some of his talks were developed. These range from the history of the harp to the reasons for the the mysterious effects of music, and what music actually is.
John plays at weddings and other festive events, and has played at Glastonbury Festival for muddy and sunny years with pals. He is available to play throughout Southern England and also in Portugal, where he keeps a harp.
Join us for another special evening with John.
Early arrival is advised.
Town Hall. Doors 7pm for start at 7.30pm. £5 (£4 concs.) on the door.
Do read more about John at www.harpjohn.co.uk