Ann Heymann, Gaelic harp concert and workshop

On Wednesday 1st February, the celebrated harpist Ann Heymann will be in Dundee for a special concert and workshop of ancient and historical Scottish and Irish harp music.

Ann is the world’s best known and most highly regarded historical Gaelic harp player. Based in Minnesota, USA, this is her first visit to Scotland for many years and the Friends of Wighton are delighted that she will be visiting Dundee to teach and perform in the Wighton Centre, upstairs in Dundee Central Library.

Ann will perform a lunchtime concert on Wednesday 1st Feb from 1.15 to 1.45pm. The concert will be performed on a beautiful, craftsman-made replica of the medieval Scottish “Lamont” harp with strings of brass, silver and solid gold wire, and will feature music from medieval times through to the 18th century traditions. Since the 1st of February is St Bride’s or St. Bridget’s day, Ann will also perform medieval music associated with this ancient Celtic saint. Admission to the concert is free.

After the concert, from 2pm, she will present a demonstration and masterclass, which provides a chance for any harpists to bring their instruments and get some inspiring tuition from one of the world’s masters; this is also a chance for anyone interested in the old Gaelic traditions to stay in the audience and watch the workshop. Admission to this part of the event is £10 for participating harpists, and £5 for audience members.

A master in the performance and traditions of the Gaelic harp, Ann Heymann continues to spearhead the instrument’s revival, recording, performing and teaching around the world. Recent recordings include the critically acclaimed “Cruit go nOr – Harp of Gold” and “Queen of Harps”. Her books include the seminal tutor for the old Gaelic harp traditions, “Secrets of the Gaelic Harp” as well as a groundbreaking method book “Coupled Hands for Harpers”.

For more information about Ann Heymann including sound clips, photos and biographies please visit
http://www.annheymann.com

For more information about the Friends of Wighton and their concert series, please visit
http://www.friendsofwighton.com

For more details of these events please call 07792 336804 or email secretary@friendsofwighton.com

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