Harp of Gold


Last month we welcomed donors and guests to the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection for Harp of Gold, a special behind-the-scenes event as part of our Sound Heritage project.

Guests were treated to a performance by classically trained Scottish harpist Karen Hickmott, playing a selection of songs from SLM’s important 18th- and 19th-century sheet music collection.

Guests enjoyed hearing the sheet music collection brought to life through Karen Hickmott and Research Librarian Dr Matthew Stephens's selection of work by 19th-century harpists Jean Elouis and Nicholas Charles Bochsa. Guests were also able to view the sheet music collection firsthand, thanks to Megan Martin, Head of Collection & Access. A further connection is that Jean Elouis's son, Charles Elouis, was the Deputy Master of the Mint.

The event is part of a fundraising campaign to raise $400,000 in support of the work of documenting, digitising, researching and interpreting SLM’s historic sheet music collection.

Harp of Gold event in the Caroline Simpson Library

Harp of Gold event in the Caroline Simpson Library.

Photo © Kate Sheaffe for Sydney Living Museums


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