To celebrate National Harp Day 2017 in Limerick the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick hosted a gathering of harpers at a free lunchtime concert.
Limerick celebrate and make contributions to National Harp Day 2017
Saturday, November 11 marked National Harp Day/Lá na Cruite where the recently established umbrella organisation, Harp Ireland/ Cruit Éireann, celebrated all facets of the harp in Ireland.
Limerick harper, Fiana Ní Chonaill, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Limerick organised a series of musical events to honour this inaugural day. Fiana’s students delighted audiences at the Limerick City Milk Market as they enjoyed their morning coffees on National Harp Day 2017.
Following this, the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick hosted a gathering of harpers at a free lunchtime concert. Audiences were charmed by the sound of the historical harp, which was performed by Paul Dooley.
Maryruth Culver gave a spectacular display on concert harp and Aisling Lyons and Roisin Hayes performed a selection of old and newly composed music on the lever harp.
Members of the Blossom Harp Ensemble also took to the stage along with Fiana Ní Chonaill and her student harp ensemble, which is made up of members Laura Carey, Brian Grace, Siobhan Bailey, Ciara Kennedy, Ellie May Fogarty and Abbie O’Dwyer.
Dr. Sandra Joyce, Director of the Irish World Academy, who introduced the lunchtime concert had this to say: “Lá na Cruite is a unique and important musical event, and I am delighted that the Irish World Academy participated. Harp performance and research have been important to the Academy since its inception and this national celebration is testament to the strength of interest in this iconic instrument.”
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