medieval music

On Wednesday 2nd June at 1.15pm, the Wighton Centre in Dundee Central Library will host a concert of medieval music, played on a beautiful decorated replica of the ancient harp of Mary Queen of Scots.

Presented by historical harp specialist Simon Chadwick, the lunchtime recital will explore the connections between Scotland, Wales and Ireland in medieval times.

The programme of sacred music from the 14th and 15th centuries – over 500 years ago – will include sacred airs from St Andrews Cathedral in Fife, and Inchcolm Abbey in the Firth of Forth, as well as music from Europe’s oldest book of harp music.

As well as the unique and beautiful medieval Scottish harp, carved from a whole willow tree, and strung with gold and silver wire strings, Simon will also play some of medieval Scotland’s other rare and unusual instruments: a lyre with silver strings, and a horsehair-strung fiddle called the gue.

This concert is an exciting opportunity to find out about some of the oldest Scottish music surviving. The event is held in the airy and inspiring surroundings of the Wighton Heritage Centre, which is home to the city’s outstanding Wighton Collection of historic Scottish music books.

The concert is organised by the Friends of Wighton, and admission is free. For more information, please visit www.friendsofwighton.com or www.simonchadwick.net or call 07792 336804

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