Event Image
Online Content

All Concert Pass (On Demand)

One ticket for all seven of our amazing concerts! A stellar line-up of world-renowned harpers and emerging talent. Yours to watch as many times as you like until April 30th 2022. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the admin involved, there will be a delay of up to 24hrs in accessing the concerts to view in your wallet. Please see the "Attending Online" page of our website to see how to view your concerts.

Location George Watson's College Concerts

subvenue Concert Pass

Event Image
Online Content

All Workshop Pass (On Demand)

One ticket for all five of our fascinating workshops! A rare opportunity for five of our amazing artists to share their passions, skills and experience. Yours to watch as many times as you like until April 30th 2022. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the admin involved, there will be a delay of up to 24hrs in accessing the workshops to view in your RED61 wallet. Please see the "Attending Online" page of our website to see how to view your workshops. N.B. On Demand content will be uploaded shortly after the close of the physical festival.

Location George Watson's College Workshops

subvenue Digital Workshop Pass

Event Image

C2 Wendy Stewart : Fraya Thomsen, Winner of Princess Margaret of the Isles Competition

THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL HARP FESTIVAL 2022 SATURDAY AFTERNOON CONCERT SPONSORED BY THE CLAN DONALD LANDS TRUST https://www.armadalecastle.com   PERFORMERS: Fraya Thomson http://www.frayathomsen.com   Wendy Stewart http://www.cairnwatermusic.com   Wendy Stewart: Music from the BorderlandsNo stranger to the festival, Wendy, through her inspiring performances, has introduced many to the harp. Originally from Edinburgh, she has lived in Dumfries and Galloway for many years and previously in Lancaster. In this concert she will explore old tunes and songs from both sides of the Scottish / English western border and compositions that reflect her involvement in the landscape and heritage of this beautiful, though sometimes warring, area! Fraya Thomsen Fraya will perform some of the pieces with which she won the 2021 Princess Margaret of the Isles Memorial Prize for Senior Clarsach competition. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the admin involved, there may be a delay of up to 24hrs in accessing the concerts to view in your RED61 wallet. Please see the Attending Online page of our website to see how to view your concerts.

Location George Watson's College Concerts

subvenue Assembly Hall

Event Image

C3 The Song of the Oak and the Ivy by Corrina Hewat : Cormac De Barra

THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL HARP FESTIVAL 2022 SATURDAY NIGHT CONCERT  SPONSORED BY SALVI MUSIC LONDON https://www.salvimusic.co.uk and THE LONDON AND SOUTH EAST BRANCH OF THE CLARSACH SOCIETY   Introduced by Màiri Macleod PERFORMERS: Cormac De Bara Corrina Hewat’s The Song of the Oak and The Ivy https://corrinahewat.com   The Song of the Oak & the IvyThis suite for ten harps, played by Mary Macmaster, Wendy Stewart, Heather Downie, Bill Taylor, Tristan Le Govic and Corrina herself, intensely captures, in four movements, the diverse energies within the contemporary Scottish harp revival. Commissioned in 2011 from Corrina by the ElHF in celebration of its 30th year and the Clarsach Society’s 80th anniversary, it is based on a short story written by Eugene Field in 1891. **** ”The piece dynamically encapsulated the clarsach’s multigenerational, multicultural identity today, both in its array of exponents and instrumental varieties – from the ancient wire-strung model to the 21st century electro-harp – and its brilliant compositional synthesis of genres, moods and timbres.” Sue Wilson, The Scotsman Cormac De Barra Cláirseach na hÉireann – The Harp of Ireland A popular return to our Festival by Cormac presenting a concert of Irish airs, harpers’ melodies, dance tunes and songs in the Irish language. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the admin involved, there may be a delay of up to 24hrs in accessing the concerts to view in your RED61 wallet. Please see the Attending Online page of our website to see how to view your concerts.

Location George Watson's College Concerts

subvenue Assembly Hall

Event Image

C4 Siobhán Armstrong and Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde : Rhiannon Ramsey-Brimberg

THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL HARP FESTIVAL 2022 SUNDAY AFTERNOON CONCERT  SUPPORTED BY JACK HAWARD INSURANCE http://www.jackhayward.co.uk   PERFORMERS: Rhiannon Ramsey-Brimberg Siobhán Armstrong and Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde http://www.siobhanarmstrong.com http://www.doimnic.com Siobhán Armstrong and Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde Ireland’s foremost scholar-performer of historical Irish music, Siobhán Armstrong and the prize-winning Donegal singer, Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde, recently began a collaboration to explore the vocal music of the old Irish harpers. In this, their Scottish debut, they will perform treasures they have reconstructed from manuscript sources of the 1700s, including neglected versions of well-known 18th-century compositions by Turlough Carolan, with Siobhán accompanying Doimnic’s raw and powerful singing on a beautiful copy of an early 18th-century Irish harp. Rhiannon Ramsey-Brimberg This year’s winner of the Iain Macleòid Young Composer Award is a lever harpist from Connecticut, U.S.A. She has a Performance degree from Berklee College of Music and will be attending the University of Limerick in September for an MA in Irish Music Studies. Rhiannon Skye (her stage name!) recently began to write for the harp. Her goal with each piece is to tell a story, while still remaining true to the genre’s stylistic origins. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the admin involved, there may be a delay of up to 24hrs in accessing the concerts to view in your RED61 wallet. Please see the Attending Online page of our website to see how to view your concerts.

Location George Watson's College Concerts

subvenue Assembly Hall

Event Image

C5 The Transatlantic Hot Club : Gabriella Dall’Olio

SUNDAY NIGHT CONCERT SPONSORED BY DAVID AND BRENDA LAMB SUPPORTED BY THE ITALIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE (EDINBURGH) and THE BRISTOL AND WEST OF ENGLAND BRANCH OF THE CLARSACH SOCIETY   PERFORMERS: Gabriella Dall’Olio  The Transatlantic Hot Club http://www.bjcg.co.uk Transatlantic Hot Club LiveWe are delighted to introduce The Transatlantic Hot Club who will be presenting an exciting performance of gypsy jazz and swing featuring the talents of Ben Creighton Griffiths (harp), Adrien Chevalier (violin) and Ashley John Long (bass). They will present Gypsy Jazz classics, swing standards, and Latin tunes in the ever-stylish hot club sound of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Gabriella Dall’Olio: On the Wings of the HarpMusic unites us and music defines us. Each composer has a different flavour, colour, tradition, language, one which we recognise instantly. So, Gabriella will present music for all, travelling across time and space on the wings of the (pedal) harp! PLEASE NOTE: Due to the admin involved, there may be a delay of up to 24hrs in accessing the concerts to view in your RED61 wallet. Please see the Attending Online page of our website to see how to view your concerts.

Location George Watson's College Concerts

subvenue Assembly Hall

Event Image

C6 A New Generation

THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL HARP FESTIVAL 2022 MONDAY AFTERNOON CONCERT SUPPORTED BY THE GLASGOW BRANCH OF THE CLARSACH SOCIETY And THE ROYAL CELTIC SOCIETY https://www.royalcelticsociety.scot/en/   PERFORMERS: A New Generation: Romy Wymer / Stephanie Humphreys / Phoenix Zhang Romy Wymer Originally from Holland Romy is now based in Glasgow having graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She is pursuing a career as a composer and performer and will play a selection of her original works on the lever harp. Stephanie Humphreys Hailing from Edinburgh and now studying music at the university there, Stephanie will play a mix of Scottish and French music. The pieces are varied in style and will take you into some very different sound worlds created by great composers! Phoenix Zhang Currently in Scotland with her family, Phoenix is from China. She is embracing the music of her new home and will play a wide range of styles, including arrangements of Scottish and Gaelic Music - with a few surprises along PLEASE NOTE: Due to the admin involved, there may be a delay of up to 24hrs in accessing the concerts to view in your RED61 wallet. Please see the Attending Online page of our website to see how to view your concerts.

Location George Watson's College Concerts

subvenue Assembly Hall

Event Image

C7 Sharmanka Suite by Maeve Gilchrist : Calum and Màiri Macleod

THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL HARP FESTIVAL 2022 MONDAY EVENING CONCERT  FUNDED BY: CREATIVE SCOTLAND https://www.creativescotland.com   SPONSORED BY: THE EDINBURGH BRANCH OF THE CLARSACH SOCIETY SUPPORTED BY: THE ISLE OF LEWIS BRANCH OF THE CLARSACH SOCIETY  PERFORMERS: Calum and Màiri Macleod http://www.mairimacleod.co.uk https://macleodmusic.bandcamp.com/album/leam-fh-n   Sharmanka Suite by Maeve Gilchrist https://www.maevegilchristmusic.com  Sharmanka Suite (Death and the Polar Bear) Edinburgh-born harper and composer, Maeve Gilchrist, was commissioned in 2021 by the EIHF and The Clarsach Society to write a piece in celebration of the 40th Festival and the 90th anniversary of the society. We are pleased at last to be able to present the premiere of this piece, written in collaboration with Sharmanka, the groundbreaking theatre of Kinetic sculpture in Glasgow - Sharmanka Suite (Death and the Polar Bear). As a child, Maeve was introduced to the transportive world of Sharmanka, created by Russian sculptor-mechanic Eduard Bersudsky, theatre director Tatyana Jakovskaya, and light and sound designer Sergey Jakovsky. As the years have gone by, memory and imagination have blurred together manifesting in a slew of memories: chimerical creatures, whirring engines, grinding, clanging, metallic sounds and the simultaneously humorous and grotesque wooden figures. This suite, featuring Maeve Gilchrist (harp), Su-a Lee (cello), Aidan O’Rourke (violin), Ruth Nelson (viola), Fergus McCreadie (harmonium) and pre-recorded sounds and visuals from Sharmanka, takes its satirical tone from Bersudsky’s art, lightly playing with the juxtaposition of light and dark, life and death and the irrepressible life force that connects us all. After a polarising couple of years, this piece is intended to suspend reality, if only for a few magical moments, and bring us to a different place. Together. Màiri & Calum Macleod - ‘A Golden Sun in Splendour’ In their second appearance together at the EIHF, siblings Màiri and Calum explore the wide variety of connections between the Clàrsach and their first language, Gàidhlig (Scots Gaelic). Over the years their musical focuses have gone in drastically different directions, constantly breaking boundaries between styles. Here is a rare opportunity to witness and enjoy the mixing of their considerable musical talents in instrumental and vocal music. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the admin involved, there may be a delay of up to 24hrs in accessing the concerts to view in your RED61 wallet. Please see the Attending Online page of our website to see how to view your concerts.

Location George Watson's College Concerts

subvenue Assembly Hall

Event Image
No Harp Needed, 60-min Workshop

W1 Siobhán Armstrong - The Lower Hand: How the old Gaelic Harpers accompanied their Melodies

This workshop outlines the surprising discoveries Siobhán made in the course of her recent PhD on the playing style of the old Irish harpers, pre 1800. She set out to research what the ‘lower’ hand, as she now calls it, was doing to support the melody. She found that it wasn’t playing a continuous independent bass line; that’s a European art-music idiom! Come along to see the evidence in fascinating manuscript field transcriptions from the end of the Gaelic harping tradition, find out what the old harpers were really doing and discover a simple arranging technique that you can use on any harp. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the admin involved, there may be a delay of up to 24hrs in accessing the concerts to view in your RED61 wallet. Please see the Attending Online page of our website to see how to view your concerts.

Location George Watson's College Workshops

subvenue GWC Workshop Space

Event Image
No Harp Needed, 60-min Workshop

W2 Gabriella Dall’Olio - Masterclass: Think, Listen, Play!

Watch Gabriella share her experience as a teacher and performer working with a selection of chosen candidates. She will discuss how to listen and play efficiently - with focus on how to prepare and deliver excellent performance at any time!

Location George Watson's College Workshops

subvenue GWC Workshop Space

Event Image
No Harp Needed, 60-min Workshop

W3 Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde - Gaelic Harping meets Sean-Nós

Workshop Handout: DOWNLOAD HERE Doimnic has been researching Irish-language songs for many years and has discovered significant similarities between 17th-and 18th-century songs associated with Irish harpers, and songs sung today in the sean-nós [‘old style’, unaccompanied] tradition, some being almost identical. He proposes that the sean-nós tradition takes off where the Gaelic harping / bardic tradition ended. In this workshop we will explore, and learn, M'Uilleagán Dubh Ó, a song that was played and sung by one of the last Irish Gaelic harpers, Donnacha Ó hAmhsaigh, or – as Edward Bunting called him – Denis Hempson. The lyrics were composed by the famous south Ulster poet, Peadar Ó Dóirnín (c.1690–1769).

Location George Watson's College Workshops

subvenue GWC Workshop Space

Event Image
60-min Workshop, Bring your harp!

W4 Cormac De Barra - The Music of O’Carolan

Workshop Handout: DOWNLOAD HERE A glimpse into the repertoire of Ireland's most famous harper-composer, Turlough O'Carolan. We will explore some of Carolan's most tuneful melodies – some simple and some intricate, but all will sit comfortably under the fingers.

Location George Watson's College Workshops

subvenue GWC Workshop Space

Event Image
No Harp Needed, 60-min Workshop

W5 Tristan Le Govic - The Life and Work of Kristen Noguès

Among the pioneers of the Celtic harp, Kristen Noguès (14th March 1952 – 5th July 2007) remains one of the most creative and visionary musicians ever. Often avant-garde, still very modern on both acoustic and electro-harp, Kristen’s music reflects the main artistic movement of her time, intermingling Breton traditional music with Jazz and Contemporary music. This workshop on the 70th anniversary of her birth will celebrate her legacy as well as providing historical background since the 1970s.

Location George Watson's College Workshops

subvenue GWC Workshop Space

Event Image
60-min Workshop, Bring your harp!

W6 Wendy Stewart - Scottish Music

Workshop Handout: DOWNLOAD HERE Scottish music certainly has a distinctive flavour but where does that come from? One theory connects an inspiration for the pointed strathspey rhythm to the jagged mountain profiles of the Highlands. Whatever the root we`ll explore some of Wendy`s favourite Scottish repertoire and try out the Scots Snap, 6/8 pipe march decorations and fitting chordal harmonies for various melodies. Bring your harp and any questions / theories!

Location George Watson's College Workshops

subvenue GWC Workshop Space

Select Dates

Select Time

Event Image
Online Content

All Concert Pass (On Demand)

One ticket for all seven of our amazing concerts! A stellar line-up of world-renowned harpers and emerging talent. Yours to watch as many times as you like until April 30th 2022. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the admin involved, there will be a delay of up to 24hrs in accessing the concerts to view in your wallet. Please see the "Attending Online" page of our website to see how to view your concerts.

Location George Watson's College Concerts

subvenue Concert Pass

Event Image
Online Content

All Workshop Pass (On Demand)

One ticket for all five of our fascinating workshops! A rare opportunity for five of our amazing artists to share their passions, skills and experience. Yours to watch as many times as you like until April 30th 2022. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the admin involved, there will be a delay of up to 24hrs in accessing the workshops to view in your RED61 wallet. Please see the "Attending Online" page of our website to see how to view your workshops. N.B. On Demand content will be uploaded shortly after the close of the physical festival.

Location George Watson's College Workshops

subvenue Digital Workshop Pass

Event Image

C2 Wendy Stewart : Fraya Thomsen, Winner of Princess Margaret of the Isles Competition

THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL HARP FESTIVAL 2022 SATURDAY AFTERNOON CONCERT SPONSORED BY THE CLAN DONALD LANDS TRUST https://www.armadalecastle.com   PERFORMERS: Fraya Thomson http://www.frayathomsen.com   Wendy Stewart http://www.cairnwatermusic.com   Wendy Stewart: Music from the BorderlandsNo stranger to the festival, Wendy, through her inspiring performances, has introduced many to the harp. Originally from Edinburgh, she has lived in Dumfries and Galloway for many years and previously in Lancaster. In this concert she will explore old tunes and songs from both sides of the Scottish / English western border and compositions that reflect her involvement in the landscape and heritage of this beautiful, though sometimes warring, area! Fraya Thomsen Fraya will perform some of the pieces with which she won the 2021 Princess Margaret of the Isles Memorial Prize for Senior Clarsach competition. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the admin involved, there may be a delay of up to 24hrs in accessing the concerts to view in your RED61 wallet. Please see the Attending Online page of our website to see how to view your concerts.

Location George Watson's College Concerts

subvenue Assembly Hall

Event Image

C3 The Song of the Oak and the Ivy by Corrina Hewat : Cormac De Barra

THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL HARP FESTIVAL 2022 SATURDAY NIGHT CONCERT  SPONSORED BY SALVI MUSIC LONDON https://www.salvimusic.co.uk and THE LONDON AND SOUTH EAST BRANCH OF THE CLARSACH SOCIETY   Introduced by Màiri Macleod PERFORMERS: Cormac De Bara Corrina Hewat’s The Song of the Oak and The Ivy https://corrinahewat.com   The Song of the Oak & the IvyThis suite for ten harps, played by Mary Macmaster, Wendy Stewart, Heather Downie, Bill Taylor, Tristan Le Govic and Corrina herself, intensely captures, in four movements, the diverse energies within the contemporary Scottish harp revival. Commissioned in 2011 from Corrina by the ElHF in celebration of its 30th year and the Clarsach Society’s 80th anniversary, it is based on a short story written by Eugene Field in 1891. **** ”The piece dynamically encapsulated the clarsach’s multigenerational, multicultural identity today, both in its array of exponents and instrumental varieties – from the ancient wire-strung model to the 21st century electro-harp – and its brilliant compositional synthesis of genres, moods and timbres.” Sue Wilson, The Scotsman Cormac De Barra Cláirseach na hÉireann – The Harp of Ireland A popular return to our Festival by Cormac presenting a concert of Irish airs, harpers’ melodies, dance tunes and songs in the Irish language. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the admin involved, there may be a delay of up to 24hrs in accessing the concerts to view in your RED61 wallet. Please see the Attending Online page of our website to see how to view your concerts.

Location George Watson's College Concerts

subvenue Assembly Hall

Event Image

C4 Siobhán Armstrong and Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde : Rhiannon Ramsey-Brimberg

THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL HARP FESTIVAL 2022 SUNDAY AFTERNOON CONCERT  SUPPORTED BY JACK HAWARD INSURANCE http://www.jackhayward.co.uk   PERFORMERS: Rhiannon Ramsey-Brimberg Siobhán Armstrong and Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde http://www.siobhanarmstrong.com http://www.doimnic.com Siobhán Armstrong and Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde Ireland’s foremost scholar-performer of historical Irish music, Siobhán Armstrong and the prize-winning Donegal singer, Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde, recently began a collaboration to explore the vocal music of the old Irish harpers. In this, their Scottish debut, they will perform treasures they have reconstructed from manuscript sources of the 1700s, including neglected versions of well-known 18th-century compositions by Turlough Carolan, with Siobhán accompanying Doimnic’s raw and powerful singing on a beautiful copy of an early 18th-century Irish harp. Rhiannon Ramsey-Brimberg This year’s winner of the Iain Macleòid Young Composer Award is a lever harpist from Connecticut, U.S.A. She has a Performance degree from Berklee College of Music and will be attending the University of Limerick in September for an MA in Irish Music Studies. Rhiannon Skye (her stage name!) recently began to write for the harp. Her goal with each piece is to tell a story, while still remaining true to the genre’s stylistic origins. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the admin involved, there may be a delay of up to 24hrs in accessing the concerts to view in your RED61 wallet. Please see the Attending Online page of our website to see how to view your concerts.

Location George Watson's College Concerts

subvenue Assembly Hall

Event Image

C5 The Transatlantic Hot Club : Gabriella Dall’Olio

SUNDAY NIGHT CONCERT SPONSORED BY DAVID AND BRENDA LAMB SUPPORTED BY THE ITALIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE (EDINBURGH) and THE BRISTOL AND WEST OF ENGLAND BRANCH OF THE CLARSACH SOCIETY   PERFORMERS: Gabriella Dall’Olio  The Transatlantic Hot Club http://www.bjcg.co.uk Transatlantic Hot Club LiveWe are delighted to introduce The Transatlantic Hot Club who will be presenting an exciting performance of gypsy jazz and swing featuring the talents of Ben Creighton Griffiths (harp), Adrien Chevalier (violin) and Ashley John Long (bass). They will present Gypsy Jazz classics, swing standards, and Latin tunes in the ever-stylish hot club sound of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Gabriella Dall’Olio: On the Wings of the HarpMusic unites us and music defines us. Each composer has a different flavour, colour, tradition, language, one which we recognise instantly. So, Gabriella will present music for all, travelling across time and space on the wings of the (pedal) harp! PLEASE NOTE: Due to the admin involved, there may be a delay of up to 24hrs in accessing the concerts to view in your RED61 wallet. Please see the Attending Online page of our website to see how to view your concerts.

Location George Watson's College Concerts

subvenue Assembly Hall

Event Image

C6 A New Generation

THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL HARP FESTIVAL 2022 MONDAY AFTERNOON CONCERT SUPPORTED BY THE GLASGOW BRANCH OF THE CLARSACH SOCIETY And THE ROYAL CELTIC SOCIETY https://www.royalcelticsociety.scot/en/   PERFORMERS: A New Generation: Romy Wymer / Stephanie Humphreys / Phoenix Zhang Romy Wymer Originally from Holland Romy is now based in Glasgow having graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She is pursuing a career as a composer and performer and will play a selection of her original works on the lever harp. Stephanie Humphreys Hailing from Edinburgh and now studying music at the university there, Stephanie will play a mix of Scottish and French music. The pieces are varied in style and will take you into some very different sound worlds created by great composers! Phoenix Zhang Currently in Scotland with her family, Phoenix is from China. She is embracing the music of her new home and will play a wide range of styles, including arrangements of Scottish and Gaelic Music - with a few surprises along PLEASE NOTE: Due to the admin involved, there may be a delay of up to 24hrs in accessing the concerts to view in your RED61 wallet. Please see the Attending Online page of our website to see how to view your concerts.

Location George Watson's College Concerts

subvenue Assembly Hall

Event Image

C7 Sharmanka Suite by Maeve Gilchrist : Calum and Màiri Macleod

THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL HARP FESTIVAL 2022 MONDAY EVENING CONCERT  FUNDED BY: CREATIVE SCOTLAND https://www.creativescotland.com   SPONSORED BY: THE EDINBURGH BRANCH OF THE CLARSACH SOCIETY SUPPORTED BY: THE ISLE OF LEWIS BRANCH OF THE CLARSACH SOCIETY  PERFORMERS: Calum and Màiri Macleod http://www.mairimacleod.co.uk https://macleodmusic.bandcamp.com/album/leam-fh-n   Sharmanka Suite by Maeve Gilchrist https://www.maevegilchristmusic.com  Sharmanka Suite (Death and the Polar Bear) Edinburgh-born harper and composer, Maeve Gilchrist, was commissioned in 2021 by the EIHF and The Clarsach Society to write a piece in celebration of the 40th Festival and the 90th anniversary of the society. We are pleased at last to be able to present the premiere of this piece, written in collaboration with Sharmanka, the groundbreaking theatre of Kinetic sculpture in Glasgow - Sharmanka Suite (Death and the Polar Bear). As a child, Maeve was introduced to the transportive world of Sharmanka, created by Russian sculptor-mechanic Eduard Bersudsky, theatre director Tatyana Jakovskaya, and light and sound designer Sergey Jakovsky. As the years have gone by, memory and imagination have blurred together manifesting in a slew of memories: chimerical creatures, whirring engines, grinding, clanging, metallic sounds and the simultaneously humorous and grotesque wooden figures. This suite, featuring Maeve Gilchrist (harp), Su-a Lee (cello), Aidan O’Rourke (violin), Ruth Nelson (viola), Fergus McCreadie (harmonium) and pre-recorded sounds and visuals from Sharmanka, takes its satirical tone from Bersudsky’s art, lightly playing with the juxtaposition of light and dark, life and death and the irrepressible life force that connects us all. After a polarising couple of years, this piece is intended to suspend reality, if only for a few magical moments, and bring us to a different place. Together. Màiri & Calum Macleod - ‘A Golden Sun in Splendour’ In their second appearance together at the EIHF, siblings Màiri and Calum explore the wide variety of connections between the Clàrsach and their first language, Gàidhlig (Scots Gaelic). Over the years their musical focuses have gone in drastically different directions, constantly breaking boundaries between styles. Here is a rare opportunity to witness and enjoy the mixing of their considerable musical talents in instrumental and vocal music. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the admin involved, there may be a delay of up to 24hrs in accessing the concerts to view in your RED61 wallet. Please see the Attending Online page of our website to see how to view your concerts.

Location George Watson's College Concerts

subvenue Assembly Hall

Event Image
No Harp Needed, 60-min Workshop

W1 Siobhán Armstrong - The Lower Hand: How the old Gaelic Harpers accompanied their Melodies

This workshop outlines the surprising discoveries Siobhán made in the course of her recent PhD on the playing style of the old Irish harpers, pre 1800. She set out to research what the ‘lower’ hand, as she now calls it, was doing to support the melody. She found that it wasn’t playing a continuous independent bass line; that’s a European art-music idiom! Come along to see the evidence in fascinating manuscript field transcriptions from the end of the Gaelic harping tradition, find out what the old harpers were really doing and discover a simple arranging technique that you can use on any harp. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the admin involved, there may be a delay of up to 24hrs in accessing the concerts to view in your RED61 wallet. Please see the Attending Online page of our website to see how to view your concerts.

Location George Watson's College Workshops

subvenue GWC Workshop Space

Event Image
No Harp Needed, 60-min Workshop

W2 Gabriella Dall’Olio - Masterclass: Think, Listen, Play!

Watch Gabriella share her experience as a teacher and performer working with a selection of chosen candidates. She will discuss how to listen and play efficiently - with focus on how to prepare and deliver excellent performance at any time!

Location George Watson's College Workshops

subvenue GWC Workshop Space

Event Image
No Harp Needed, 60-min Workshop

W3 Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde - Gaelic Harping meets Sean-Nós

Workshop Handout: DOWNLOAD HERE Doimnic has been researching Irish-language songs for many years and has discovered significant similarities between 17th-and 18th-century songs associated with Irish harpers, and songs sung today in the sean-nós [‘old style’, unaccompanied] tradition, some being almost identical. He proposes that the sean-nós tradition takes off where the Gaelic harping / bardic tradition ended. In this workshop we will explore, and learn, M'Uilleagán Dubh Ó, a song that was played and sung by one of the last Irish Gaelic harpers, Donnacha Ó hAmhsaigh, or – as Edward Bunting called him – Denis Hempson. The lyrics were composed by the famous south Ulster poet, Peadar Ó Dóirnín (c.1690–1769).

Location George Watson's College Workshops

subvenue GWC Workshop Space

Event Image
60-min Workshop, Bring your harp!

W4 Cormac De Barra - The Music of O’Carolan

Workshop Handout: DOWNLOAD HERE A glimpse into the repertoire of Ireland's most famous harper-composer, Turlough O'Carolan. We will explore some of Carolan's most tuneful melodies – some simple and some intricate, but all will sit comfortably under the fingers.

Location George Watson's College Workshops

subvenue GWC Workshop Space

Event Image
No Harp Needed, 60-min Workshop

W5 Tristan Le Govic - The Life and Work of Kristen Noguès

Among the pioneers of the Celtic harp, Kristen Noguès (14th March 1952 – 5th July 2007) remains one of the most creative and visionary musicians ever. Often avant-garde, still very modern on both acoustic and electro-harp, Kristen’s music reflects the main artistic movement of her time, intermingling Breton traditional music with Jazz and Contemporary music. This workshop on the 70th anniversary of her birth will celebrate her legacy as well as providing historical background since the 1970s.

Location George Watson's College Workshops

subvenue GWC Workshop Space

Event Image
60-min Workshop, Bring your harp!

W6 Wendy Stewart - Scottish Music

Workshop Handout: DOWNLOAD HERE Scottish music certainly has a distinctive flavour but where does that come from? One theory connects an inspiration for the pointed strathspey rhythm to the jagged mountain profiles of the Highlands. Whatever the root we`ll explore some of Wendy`s favourite Scottish repertoire and try out the Scots Snap, 6/8 pipe march decorations and fitting chordal harmonies for various melodies. Bring your harp and any questions / theories!

Location George Watson's College Workshops

subvenue GWC Workshop Space