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Nelson’s own Rebecca MacLeod and Sophie Baird-Daniels part of Selkirk Pro-Musica

By Contributor
December 17th, 2014

Rebecca MacLeod of Nelson and Sophie Baird-Daniel of Seattle, together Duo 51, have been heard concertizing as a harp and violin duo around the Greater Toronto Area for the past two years.

The two are getting ready to be part of the Selkirk Pro-Musica in the New Year.

Their dynamic partnership began two years ago when Ms. MacLeod and Ms. Baird-Daniel were both Artist Diploma students at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Glenn Gould School.

An instant friendship and musical collaboration quickly led to  many performances throughout Toronto.

Duo 51 has since been invited to perform at the Canadian Opera Company’s concert series at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre and at the Stratford Music Festival.

They have also performed at the Capitol Theatre in Nelson, BC and were recently featured by the American Harp Society at the Heliconian Hall in Toronto.

Their mentors have been Judy Loman, former principal harp of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Barry Shiffman, former member of the St. Laurence String Quartet and director of the Banff Music Festival.

Duo 51 takes its name from the combination of the forty-seven strings of the harp and the four strings of the violin. Coincidentally, both Ms. MacLeod and Ms. Baird-Daniel reach an astounding five foot one in height.

Selkirk Pro-Musica is proud to present Duo 51 in its third concert in the 2014-2015 series at St. Saviour’s Pro Cathedral on Saturday, January 10th at 7:30 p.m.

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Photo caption: Rebecca MacLeod of Nelson (right) and Sophie Baird-Daniel of Seattle will be part of the upcoming Selkirk Pro-Musica as Duo 51. — Submitted photo

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