Duo with Charlotte de Rothschild (soprano)

Harpist, Danielle Perrett and soprano, Charlotte de RothschildCharlotte de Rothschild and Danielle Perrett have been working together since 1993 and as such are one of the most successful voice and harp duos around. During the last decade they have had concert tours all over the world including in France, South Korea, Japan, the U.S.A. and the U.K.

One of their specialities is presenting themed programmes which incorporate rare or little known repertoire. The best known worldwide is “Family Connections” (sometimes called A Rothschild Soirée) in which Charlotte presents her illustrious family’s musical history of the 19th and 20th Centuries. The majority of the songs were written originally for piano but have been skilfully adapted by Danielle to complement the intriguing story woven throughout the songs.

Another theme they often are asked to do is “Flower Songs by the Season” (“A Seasonal Bouquet”). This idea came about because of Charlotte’s background as the grand-daughter of Lionel de Rothschild, the creator of Exbury, the famous rhododendron and azalea garden in Hampshire. She is a Director and actively involved in the day-to-day running whenever she is not on tour! The programme includes songs in many different languages and styles from Baroque to Modern. The popularity of this programme led to their being invited to create a programme around the celebrated English gardener Gertrude Jekyll, who possessed a fine mezzo voice as well as being talented with the trowel.

Gardening and Architecture run hand in hand and they devised a charming recital based on the life of Sir John Soane that they performed in two of his properties; the Soane Museum and Pittshanger Manor. This incorporates music from around 1770 to 1830 and tells, amongst other anecdotes, of his friendship with Nancy Storace, the famous soprano who was Mozart’s original Susanna.

Among their other themed programmes are “A Woman’s Lot” and “A Magical Evening”, – the former being a mixture of amusing, melancholy and poignant songs following the passage of life from childhood to old age. The latter being a collection of 19th and 20th Century British Fairy Songs featuring evil spirits, elves, knights in armour, leprechauns and beautiful maidens. One of their first projects this year is to record this magical repertoire.

Charlotte and Danielle are proud to present “An Oriental Feast”, a programme which includes kakyoku, songs in Japanese by Japanese composers setting their most famous poems in a classical Western manner, the Japanese equivalent of Lieder, Chanson or Art Song. One of the most evocative sounds is that of the thousand year old national instrument of Japan, the Koto, a 13 stringed instrument that is plucked making a very delicate sound much akin to the harp. Therefore it seemed only natural for Danielle to adapt the accompaniments for the modern harp.

Last, but by no means least, Charlotte and Danielle have amassed a very extensive collection of delightful but relatively unknown compositions written specifically for the Harp & Voice from which they can tailor appropriate recital programmes.