Early clàrsach lunchtime recital in Dundee.

Early clàrsach specialist Simon Chadwick is giving a free lunchtime recital in Dundee on Wednesday 4th October 2006, 1.15pm to 1.45pm. The recital will be a rare chance to hear old Irish and Scottish Gaelic harp music played on a replica medieval clàrsach.

This is the first in a new series of monthly lunchtime recitals to be held in the Wighton Heritage Centre, Dundee City Library, and organised by the Friends of Wighton. It is also the first in a series of recitals and workshops to be given by Simon as “Wighton Harpist”.

The Wighton Collection is one of the world’s finest collections of old Scottish music books. Brought together in the 19th century by Dundee merchant Andrew Wighton, the Collection is now kept in a purpose-built centre in Dundee Central library. The Friends of Wighton has been formed to help make the Wighton Collection and the Wighton Heritage Centre more accessible to the people of Dundee, Fife and Angus. The Wighton Harpist project will run for six months and will explore old Gaelic harp music hidden within the Wighton Collection.

Simon Chadwick has studied the historical Gaelic harp traditions for seven years and helps run an annual early harp summer school in south-east Ireland. His harp, a replica of the famous medieval “Queen Mary” clàrsach, has strings of brass, silver and gold wire. He will play a selection of music from 18th century books preserved in the Wighton Collection.

The second event in the Friends’ Lunchtime Recitals series, in November, will feature Karen Hannah, fiddle, with songs from Sheena Wellington.

Event Details:

Wednesday 4th October 2006, 1.15pm to 1.45pm, Wighton Heritage Centre, Dundee City Library: Simon Chadwick, early clàrsach.

Wednesday 1st November 2006, 1.15 – 1.45pm, Wighton Heritage Centre, Dundee Central Library: Karen Hannah, fiddle, with songs from Sheena Wellington

For more information contact

Simon Chadwick
tel 01334 474263
email simon@simonchadwick.net
web http://www.simonchadwick.net/harp
Wighton Harpist project: http://www.simonchadwick.net/wighton

Friends of Wighton
email secretary@friendsofwighton.com
web www.friendsofwighton.com

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