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Successful Start to 45th Season

Entertaining and Informative “Harps of Ireland” Recital

Irish Heritage started its 45th season with an entertaining and informative “Harps of Ireland” recital in the stunning surroundings of the Wolfson Room of the British Academy in London on Thursday last, 24th October.

The recital featured two leading exponents of the harp: Siobhan Armstrong who is one of Europe’s foremost historical harpists and Clare McCague, a talented solo, chamber and orchestral harpist who is recognised as the leading authority on the life and compositions of Boleyne Reeves, Ireland’s leading nineteenth century pedal harpist.

Siobhan, who played a brass-wire-strung early Irish harp and Clare a gut-strung, European pedal harp, introduced and presented an exceptional range of music, some of which had not been performed in London previously, including compositions by Carolan, Connelon, Handel, O’Hampsey, Dowland, Scott, Lyons, Taylor and Reeves.

Clare made her London debut with the recital – the latest, gifted Irish musician that Irish Heritage has provided with that special experience.

Commenting on the recital, Patrick Lennon, Chairman of Irish Heritage, said, “Our audience enjoyed an exceptional evening thanks to the informative insights given by Siobhán and Clare to the history of the harp in Irish culture and music and to their superb playing.”

Edited highlights of the recital are available on Irish Heritage’s YouTube channel.

Caption: Clare McCague (left) and Siobhán Armstrong (right) on stage in the Wolfson Room.

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