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Open Air: A Summer Festival of Music – Art of the Harp

Art of the Harp

Join VS Principal Harp Annabelle Stanley for an all-French program of music for solo harp by Saint-Saëns, Andrès, Fauré, and Francisque. Discover the intricate beauty of the harp.

Antoine Francisque, arr M. Grandjany – From Le tresor d’Orphée: Pavane et Bransels

Saint-Saëns – Fantasie pour harpe, Op. 95

Fauré – Une châteline en sa tour, Op. 110

Bernard Andrès – Absidolies


Annabelle Stanley, harp

Thursday, July 22 / 5:00 pm / The Butler’s Garden

Friday, July 23 / 6:30 pm / The Butler’s Garden

Friday, July 30 / 5:00 pm / The Butler’s Garden

Saturday, July 31 / 6:30 pm / The Butler’s Garden

Monday, August 2 / 2:00 pm / The Butler’s Garden


Annabelle Stanley is the Victoria Symphony’s Principal Harpist. In addition to her work with the Orchestra and Opera she teaches Harp at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and UVIC.

She was born and raised in Victoria and during the course of her long career has been featured as a Soloist with the Orchestra and in collaboration with her colleagues on tour and at home. During this year of hiatus from a busy Orchestral Season Annabelle has been expanding her solo harp repertoire. Her program “Art of The Harp” features music by French composers from the 16th to the 20th Century, typically preformed in an elegant French Salon setting.

The Victoria Symphony performs on the traditional lands of the Lekwungen peoples and acknowledges with respect the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continues to this day. We extend our appreciation for the opportunity to live, create, and perform on this territory.