Mix of very new and old tunes that everybody knows and loves - a class act!

Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Sultans, kings, prime ministers, world leaders, royalty...maybe even genies...British harpist, Vanessa McKeand (Sundstrup) has enthralled audiences from all over the world and from all walks of life with her playing, from performing in caves to palaces, in flat-bottomed boats from Florida to Lake Erie, to Arabian dhows on the Indian Ocean!

Vanessa has performed all around the world on her bright blue 47 string electro-acoustic harp, aptly named The Big Blue. The great thing about this particular harp, Vanessa says, "When I am doing outside gigs, it can just be plugged directly into the amp we go!" Originally from Britain, she also studied in the US and France. She has performed extensively throughout the Middle East, in Jordan, United Arab Emirates, and in particular Oman. There, Vanessa taught the harpists of the Sultan of Oman’s 'Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra', and was the resident harpist for the eminent guests of the Sultan when they visited Oman. Four years ago she arrived on the shores of Australia, where in Darwin she performed concerti with the Darwin Symphony Orchestra, and has developed a chamber music recital series called “All things Music”.

Winner of numerous awards and prizes for her playing, Vanessa recorded for Virgin Records: French Music with the English Chamber Orchestra and the Allegri String Quartet. Although she performs as a concerto artist, soloist, and in chamber music recitals, she believes her forte is in performing light music from musicals, popular opera, jazz and even some Led Zeppelin and Metallica.

Vanessa is now based in Melbourne and amongst other venues, plays every weekend for guests arriving for their celebrated 'afternoon tea' in the Windsor Hotel on Spring Street. Her music drifts up the aristocratic staircase and through the elegant ballroom of this very quintessential English hotel.

The magical and mysterious sounds of the harp are always a delight to hear, but in this musicians hands, it is a rare treat!

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