October 28, 2020

String fellows: Eleven harpists from Bray to feature in 200-piece concert

Eleven harpists from Bray Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCÉ) are to feature in a 200-strong harp ensemble performance.

The finale concert is part of Harp Ireland’s virtual Harps for Hope online concert and will celebrate the beginning of the national recovery.

It will also mark the 350th anniversary of harper, Turlough Carolan, in an ensemble performance of his well-known love song called ‘Fanny Power’, specially arranged for this performance by Aileen Kennedy.

The performance can be viewed at  www.harpireland.ie.

Harps for Hope has been ongoing since March and has featured more than 60 of Ireland’s leading harpers expressing their togetherness and lending their voices to the fight against Covid-19.

The full series of videos  is available at https://www.harpireland.ie/showevent/harps-for-hope/2020-04-03/.

“We’re delighted to have students from the Bray Comhaltas Harp Ensemble featured in this performance, collaborating with harpers from across the country,” Rachel Duffy from the Bray CCÉ Harp Ensemble said.

“The ensemble has been rehearsing together online for the past few months and this has been a great chance for them to participate in a new kind of performance experience.”

The ensemble, based in Bray, features 11 students aged 12-21. They have performed at numerous festivals and events both locally and nationally and they will represent Ireland at the World Harp Congress in Wales in August 2021.


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