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    Gaylen – Rose Sales (nee Hendey) was born in Pretoria and started piano lessons at the age of six and harp lessons at the age of ten with Moya Wright and later with Rosalind Dunbar. She matriculated at the Pro Arte High School and later obtained a B Mus degree in Performing Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her main instruments were harp and organ which she studied under Kathleen Alistair and Prof. Henk Temmingh respectively.She has performed as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Pro-Musica Orchestra, Transvaal Philharmonic Orchestra and more recently with the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa and the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. As an orchestral player, has made appearances with NAPAC, PACOFS, NSO, CPO and toured South America with the Junior SABC orchestra. In 1983 she joined a Greek choir at the Athens Music Festival as the harpist.

    Gaylen has been the recipient of many awards and bursaries, including the Unisa Buy-Aid Bursary (1981), the SAMRO Undergraduate Music Bursary (1982-1984), the Olga Lipman Bursary (1982,1984, 1985). From 1986-1988 she worked as repetiteur and Principal Harpist for PACOFS. In 1993 she joined the Transvaal Philharmonic Orchestra (later known as The New Arts Philharmonic Orchestra of Pretoria) as Principal Harpist until its closure.

    She is married with three sons and currently serves as Principal Harpist for the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa. In 2010, she performed in Mauritius with the CPO for a production of the Opera Carmen as well as with various fellow musicians in Concerts at Classic FM and Northwards.

    Gaylen is actively involved in Backround music for functions such as Weddings, Corporate Events and Funerals. Together with the JFO, she has been fortunate to accompany various prominent overseas Artists including : Pavarotti, Josh Groban, St’ Petersburg Ballet, Khanye West and more recently Amaury Vasssili, Katherine Jenkins and Il Divo.

Mozart Harp & Flute Concerto 2011

Performed the Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp together with flautist Liza Klopper, accompanied by the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Kutlwano Masote at the Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg

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So you would like a Harpist to play at your Wedding

Getting married


4 March 2011.

Played harp for the wedding of Mpumi and Lethiwe at Velmore, lovely setting next to the pool, unfortunately the Grooms parents got lost so the service started 2 hours late!!

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July 6, 2015 - 2:08 pm

Phumi Ndlovu - I hope this e-mail will find you well!

We will be having a wedding on the 27th February 2016. I would like to enquire if you would be willing to play during the wedding ceremony and at the canapés for guests during photo shoot.

If yes how much do you charge.

Thanking you in advance!

Carmen in Mauritius

One of the Highlights of 2010 was performing with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra in Mauritius for a production of the Opera Carmen.

It was so amazing to be part of an excellent full-time orchestra again and especially doing an Opera, I had not realized how much I missed it!

Spending 3 weeks in Mauritius, learning to snorkel, making new friends and going for amazing beach walks were just an added bonus!

The Group on our last day, leaving for the airport.

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Harp, Marimba and Tenor

To view a short extract from the concert see below

Harp Marimba and Tenor

Above: Magda de Vries on the Marimba, from the same concert.

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Mozart Harp and Flute Concerto

Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp, performed on the 30th September 2006 at the St Georges Cathedral Cape Town, together with flautist Bridget Rennie-Salonen and accompanied by The Camerata Tinta Barocca (led by Quentin Crida)

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March 4, 2015 - 12:02 pm

Crystal Ling - I would like to know if you are available for my wedding on the 21st Nov 2015 at Merwida, Rawsonville. Please send me your rates also. Thank you.