About Frances

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Hello there! My name is Frances Thiele. I am an Australian harp player from the beautiful Macedon Ranges in Victoria. I have been a harp player for most of my life – from the age of nine – and particularly enjoy performing traditional folk music from the British Isles. In recent years I have been exploring improvisation techniques and attempting to find my own voice on the instrument I love. This has led to some interesting and joyous collaborations. I have also recently made available some of my own compositions that I have written for myself and my students. If you are interested in bits of paper I have completed many practical exams with the Australian Music Examinations Board and Trinity College, London, for lever and pedal harp. I also have a Fellowship in Musicology from the Australian Society of Musicology and Composition. I am a peripatetic harp teacher of many years standing and teach classroom music at a secondary school level. References to some of my writing in music history are available on the website academia.edu.

4 thoughts on “About Frances”

  1. Hey you down there!!! What a wonderful site. We are entered up in Sydney with Harps Australia but ship harps around to different rental pools. life is rich and full up here (we are caregivers part time for a gorgeous little Australian grandson to match our little Yankee granddaughter in NYC). He features a lot on the Harps Australia Facebook page over the last two years. I think you will hear from someone we sent your way for lessons, she is renting a harp from us, that will ship down next week..

    Miss everybody down in Victoria, but get down every couple of months to deliver harps and service the Melbourne rental pool.Weather is certainly more appealing up here in Sydney lol!

    Warmly;
    Jacquie and Warwick
    Harps Australia

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    1. Fantastic to hear from you Jacquie! Very happy to hear things are going well at Harps Australia. Also good to know we can still access rental harps down here in Victoria even though you are in Sydney now. The weather has been very interesting down here with a good cover of snow last Sunday! So beautiful! Thank you for the lesson recommendation:) Take care, Fran

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